Garside & Hoy announces the introduction of Lawyer Checker

We at Garside & Hoy have been alarmed by the recent rise in the fraud cases reported in the press in conveyancing transactions. The risks include the possibility that the other side Solicitors have been cloned and is not the firm the Solicitor thinks it is dealing with or that they have been infiltrated or taken over by criminals. Monies have been sent to fraudsters with the resultant loss to clients, thankfully never one of our clients. However, the protection of our clients is at the forefront of our minds. To mitigate this risk we have implemented a scheme called Lawyer Checker for all purchase transactions within our conveyancing department and indeed any other transactions where money is sent on behalf of our clients. Lawyer Checker is designed to protect client funds by carrying out comprehensive checks against the Solicitors practice and checking bank account details to ensure that they are who they say they are and have record to prove it. We remain vigilant in all our dealings on behalf of our clients and Lawyer Checker will enhance the service we provide.