Warning - Suspicious letters and e-mails

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Bogus rewards, threats or claims

Criminals may pose as someone from Bird & Bird, or claim allegiance with Bird & Bird, in order to carry out scams or frauds.

Scam e-mails, which are typically badly written, appearing to come from Bird & Bird, or apparently other legitimate law firms, may indicate that:

  • someone has filed a copyright or other lawsuit against you or you are summoned to appear in court; or
  • the addressee of the e-mail has inherited a substantial sum of money or suggest some other benefit; or
  • goods are ready for delivery by courier; or
  • goods are for sale at discounter prices.

In some cases the sender has been able to spoof the e-mail domain address of the legitimate law firm.

The messages may simply be an attempt to lure you into paying them money as an advance fee or for you to give them your banking details. In other cases the e-mail may contain a malicious attachment or web link. If a user opens the attachment or follows the link, a malicious code may be installed on the user's system without the user being aware.

At the present time (October 2015) we are aware that a bogus law firm, "Bird & Bird Law Partners", is circulating letters offering to assist recipients facilitate the release of a substantial charitable donation from the Neil Trotter Charity Project. The letters are sent in the name of James Taylor (said to be a "registered B&B firm partner") and are addressed as though sent from our London office, although they bear bogus telephone, fax and email contact details. 

Please note that:

  • this firm and its lawyers have no involvement in this or any other similar scams (see further information at scam communications: how to avoid them);
  • our name is being used in an unauthorised and illegal way; and
  • we do not use gmail, hotmail, yahoo or other similar email addresses.

We recommend that you delete any scam emails you receive and do not reply to scam letters.

Please contact us if you wish to check if any communication you receive which refers to our firm or our lawyers is genuine.

Previously (in January 2014) we became aware of:

  • Emails supposedly from a presumably bogus law firm called Clerk & Partner claiming that that firm was part of Bird & Bird and quoting our web site. The e-mails offered goods for sale, which we do not do.
  • Emails being distributed which purported to come from the email address of a prestigious law firm – we are not yet aware of any purporting to come from Bird & Bird - which were part of a wider cybercriminal campaign to trick recipients into opening an attached file. The file contained malware which, if executed, allowed the criminals to take control of the victim’s machine. Subject lines of emails associated with this campaign are: 
    • ‘Notice of appearance in court WA#{random numbers}’
    • ‘Hearing of your case in Court No#{random numbers}’
    • ‘Urgent court notice N0#[random number of typically 4 or 5 digits].

We assure clients that our email systems and wider network have not been compromised in any way. Cybercriminals are spoofing the name of reputable firms in the emails they send. We conform to industry standards to protect our systems.

We suggest:

  • You do not follow unsolicited web links and do not open unsolicited e-mail messages.
  • You maintain up-to-date antivirus software.
  • Use caution when visiting untrusted websites.
  • Do not respond with money or banking or other personal information.
  • If in doubt, check the authenticity with us – see below. Please do report scams to us in any event.
More information regarding these frauds can be found at:

For further information (on a commercial site) on the “Notice of appearance …” scam: http://myonlinesecurity.co.uk/notice-appearance-court-wa6142-fake-word-doc-malware/

Neither Bird & Bird nor any Bird & Bird individual will be responsible for any losses incurred by any such scam.

Should you have any doubt about the authenticity of a communication purportedly coming from Bird & Bird or wish to report a scam involving use of our name please contact us: 

E-mail: info@twobirds.com
Tel : +44 (0)20 7415 6000