Email fraudsters impersonate Clifford Chance UK managing partner

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Spell name wrong in dodgy emails

Online scammers have used the name of one of Clifford Chance‘s most senior lawyers in a bid to swindle unsuspecting members of the public.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) confirmed that a number of emails have been sent misusing the name of Clifford Chance and Michael Bates, the magic circle player’s UK managing partner. The phishing-style emails invite recipients to review an attachment, which isn’t attached, regarding a client matter, according to the regulator’s alert.

📸 Michael Bates

The SRA warning goes on to note that the internet wrong’uns, who clearly did some research, spelt the banking and capital markets specialist’s forename incorrectly, signing off their emails “Micheal”.

Legal Cheek would like to make it absolutely clear that the real Bates, who was elevated to the role of UK managing partner last year, is in no way connected to the fake emails.

A spokesperson for Clifford Chance said:

“We are aware of recent emails impersonating the firm as part of an attempted email scam, and have both published an alert on our website and worked with the SRA to ensure the details are available for anyone to easily verify. We recommend that anyone receiving a suspicious email deletes it and does not reply or, if there is genuine ambiguity, to contact us.”

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time the identities of lawyers and City firms have been used in this way.

In 2016, scammers pretended to be a genuine lawyer from Withers who required help tracking down the relative of a deceased client. Members of the public have also reported receiving dodgy emails from fraudsters using firm names including Norton Rose Fulbright, Osborne Clarke and Herbert Smith Freehills. At the time, all the firms stressed that they were in no way connected to the messages.

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“Legal Cheek would like to make it absolutely clear that the real Bates, who was elevated to the role of UK managing partner last year, is in no way connected to the fake emails.”

This is what half a legal education does to people.

What makes you think anyone reading this article is going to think that? If you are implying it somehow (which you aren’t) then change your article to not make a false implication.

Did you think you need this for legal reasons? How on earth could Michael Bates sue you and why would he? He probably takes home more in a day than he could get from LC in litigation! What would be be suing you for? Libel? What is libellous about saying some scammer sent emails in his name? It’s just a fact!

In fact, all this paragraph does is put in the mind of the reader that Bates COULD have had something to do with it!

Honestly would appreciate your thinking on this point. Throwing in random pointless legal disclaimers is the sort of thing teenagers do when posting nonsense on reddit.



Sir, please calm down. Time will (hopefully) soothe your anger and frustration.



Love it when people fully lose the plot on this website.


J Bercow

You really are quite an excitable fellow. I would suggest some sort of soothing medicament.



Sir, this is an Arby’s.



Anyone impersonating a member of my firm of top, top, towering titans, titanettes and titanites will feel the full force of L.A. Law.



Well done on censoring these comments too LC, you cretins.



From Berg Managing Partner.



Bifford Bantz



The SRA’s Alert is comical.


Will the real JDP please stand up

Glad I’ve never been impersonated. What a scary prospect!


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