Fraud Alerts

As a global Firm, Ashurst has been made aware of instances where our name has been used in fraudulent scam emails.

As soon as we become aware of such an occurrence, we will endeavour to raise awareness of this illegal activity on our Fraud Alerts page.

If you receive a communication which purports to be from Ashurst and are unsure as to its authenticity, please contact compliance.team@ashurst.com or your usual contact at Ashurst.

Regrettably we cannot directly prevent these emails or other communications from occurring in instances where they do not originate from or pass through Ashurst systems. We will however undertake all reasonable steps to identify those responsible and will report such scams to our regulatory authorities.

 

November 2023

Singapore

Further to the incident mentioned in September 2023, concerning the Singapore office (below), we have made aware of an additional instance of someone purporting to be an Ashurst employee in Singapore. That individual has set up a fake Instagram profile with the name "Ashurst Law Firm". Using that profile, contact has been made with other Instagram users in Singapore as if legal services were then about to be offered to them.

This has been referred to the Law Society of Singapore and the Singapore Police Force. It is also being referred to Instagram, in order to take down the fake profile.

The profile "Ashurst Law Firm" on Instagram is not connected with Ashurst LLP or any Ashurst group company/firm. Information about Ashurst partners and staff can be found in the People & Locations page of this website.

If you have been contacted by the profile "Ashurst Law Firm" on Instagram, please contact compliance.team@ashurst.com and refrain from engaging further on Instagram. We reserve the right to pass on any relevant information to the Law Society of Singapore and the Singapore Police Force to assist with their enquiries.

 

September 2023

Singapore

We have been made aware that an individual is holding herself out as an Ashurst employee in Singapore. That individual has set up a fake Facebook page with the English name "Nightwar dance" that refers to "Ashurst Law Firm". We understand that a fake website (nzsklegal.com/cn) and email address (hdhdhdh@hotmail.com) have also been linked from that page.

This matter is being referred to the Law Society of Singapore and the Singapore Police Force.

The individual is not connected with Ashurst LLP or any Ashurst group company/firm. Information about Ashurst partners and staff can be found in the People & Locations page of this website.

If you have been approached by the individual, please contact compliance.team@ashurst.com and refrain from engaging further with her. We reserve the right to pass on any relevant information to the Law Society of Singapore and the Singapore Police Force to assist with their enquiries.

 

Hong Kong

We have been made aware that individuals are holding themselves out as Ashurst employees in Hong Kong. One of the individuals has been showing a forged Ashurst business card (showing the name 溫浩明 / Wen Haoming, telephone number +852 6379 9781 and email address yasite@gmail.com). We are also aware that a fake website and Facebook pages (which includes a reference to an email address: dezarion1@gmail.com) have been set up that refers to that person, and another (劉律師 / Lawyer Lau) and their assertion that they are connected with Ashurst.

This matter is being referred to the Law Society of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Police Force.

The individuals, the fake website and Facebook page are not connected with Ashurst Hong Kong or any Ashurst group company/firm. Information about Ashurst partners and staff can be found in the People & Locations page of this website.

If you have been approached by the individuals, please contact compliance.team@ashurst.com and refrain from engaging further with them. We reserve the right to pass on any relevant information to the Law Society of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Police Force to assist with their enquiries. Anyone who considers they may be a victim of fraudulent acts should contact the Police, directly.

 

September 2022

We have been made aware of an email purporting to relate to an arbitration matter involving one of our London partners, Matthew Saunders.

The email and its attached documents request that a payment should be made. These are not genuine, and do not relate to an arbitration that involved Matthew Saunders.

The sender of the email used the address: af.supportoffice@proton.me

The email/documents do not come from Matthew Saunders or from Ashurst LLP or any other Ashurst group company. In the event that you are contacted by that email address, we recommend that you permanently delete the email and refrain from engaging with the sender in any way.

 

August 2022

Fraudulent emails

We have been made aware of the continued receipt of emails purporting to be from one of our London partners, Rob Aird.

Fraudulent parties may also impersonate financial institutions such as banks or wealth management companies as part of the scam.

The email addresses used by the fraudulent party include (but are not limited to):

  • reededward45[@]gmail[.]com
  • rob.aird[at]zohomail.com
  • private.email0090[@]gmail[.]com; and

These emails suggest that the recipient has been identified as a close relative of an individual who has passed away for whom Rob Aird purportedly acts.

The emails request the recipient contacts Rob Aird as soon as possible and may ask the recipient for documentation or other personal information.

These emails do not come from Rob Aird or from Ashurst LLP or any other Ashurst group company.

We advise you to permanently delete the email and refrain from engaging with the sender in any way. If there are links links or attachments contained within the email, please do not click on them.

 

July 2022

We are aware of fraudulent messages being sent to individuals who are selling goods on online selling platforms. The messages are purporting to threaten legal action by "Ashurt Lawyers Australia" unless the individual ceases and desists in selling the goods.

These messages are not from our firm and we have no association with the sender of these messages.

Please see below examples of the format of these messages and language used by the fraudster:Example of a fraudulent email
We advise you to not respond to the message.

January 2022

We are aware of fraudulent emails being sent to individuals from the email address reededward45[@]gmail[.]com, rob.aird[at]zohomail.com or private.email0090[@]gmail[.]com purporting to be from one of our London partners, Rob Aird.

These emails suggest that the recipient has been identified as a close relative of an individual who has passed away for whom Rob Aird purportedly acts. The emails request the recipient contacts Rob Aird as soon as possible.

These emails do not come from Rob Aird or from Ashurst LLP or any other Ashurst group company.

We advise you to permanently delete the email and refrain from engaging with the sender in any way. If there are links contained within the email, please do not click on them.

Please see below for an example of the format of these emails and language used by the fraudster: