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Illegal use of our name


There are a number of illegal scams in operation, and we want to allow you to learn of what is online abuse of a trade name.  

The Prime Counsel name and sometimes the names of individual lawyers within our firm should not be  used in various fraudulent scam emails, letters and phone calls. Our Cyber-technology technical staff will allocate them and bring them to court proceedings.

Such Instant Message software's like Viber, WhatsApp, Facetime, Skype  messages that are being sent which purport to attach an electronic contact card can invite the recipient to contact a firm partner to discuss a new transaction.  This is not our protocol in communication. Accordingly, you should delete those messages.

Other fraudulent communications involving use of our name typically seeking to identify a victim by suggesting that an inheritance or a job can be obtained by paying an upfront fee. Another variant is to send demands for money in relation to non-existent claims. Sometimes fake documents referring to the firm's name and/or its lawyers are sent to the victim.  Be wise.  This has increased in the year 2017.

Common themes include:

  • inheritances from overseas or unknown relatives or individuals with the same surname as the recipient

  • offers of security work/visa services related to employment in the Middle East

  • nanny visa clearances

  • bogus review websites

  • fake barristers misusing our name regarding funds to be released from banks

  • contracts purporting to be drafted by us regarding Middle Eastern business sales

  • use of our US telephone numbers by fake credit consolidators

  • offers of internships after payment of an 'administrative fee'

We are not involved in these kind of transactions.

This is not an exhaustive list of scams. New ones are being invented all the time. Please remain vigilant for your own protection. These scams aim to get your money and/or your personal data to use in other illegal activities. They may not always request money or personal details on initial contact, but will often do so after you respond.

Please note that this firm and its lawyers have no involvement in these or any other scams.

 In addition, please note that we do not use for our Firm and clients Gmail, Hotmail, AOL,MSNOutlook or Yahoo email addresses, nor email addresses such as

We recommend you delete scam emails and do not reply to scam letters. If you need to check with us whether a communication is genuine, can email us at (

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