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Fraudulent property transactions have become more prevalent in recent years, with identity fraud emerging as an increasingly attractive option for criminals. If you have been a victim of conveyancing fraud this can lead to a devastating and potentially financially ruinous outcome; and it is essential that you obtain help from an experienced legal team who can offer guidance and help you to seek redress.
Robert has built up a considerable amount of experience and expertise in dealing with this type of conveyancing fraud, and has been successful in recovering monies for clients when they have been lost because:
- On purchasing a property, the client’s solicitor (wrongly) paid the deposit and/or completion monies to the fraudster (and not the seller’s solicitor).
In this instance all the monies were recovered by Robert on behalf of his client together with a payment in respect of consequential losses and a substantial contribution in relation to costs.
- On selling a property, the client’s solicitor intended to provide the client with the purchase monies by banker’s draft (which is the equivalent of cash) but then lost that draft.
All the monies were recovered by Robert on behalf of his client, together with a substantial contribution to legal costs.
- On purchasing a property, the client’s solicitor paid the deposit and/or completion monies to the seller’s solicitor but who then (wrongly) transferred them to a fraudster (not the seller).
All the monies were recovered by Robert on behalf of his client together with a substantial contribution to legal costs.
- On selling a property, the client’s solicitor paid the deposit and/or completion monies to the seller’s solicitor but who had employed a fraudster who was dealing with the transaction and who transferred the monies to his personal account and not to the seller.
Robert Johnson and his team were successful in ensuring that all the monies were recovered together with a substantial contribution to legal costs.
- When seeking to purchase a property, the client sent the deposit monies to a fraudster pretending to be his solicitor.
While there may be a claim against the client’s solicitor, it is challenging on the facts because the client was warned not to accept a change of bank details by e-mail. However, there is potentially a much better claim against the client’s bank following a recent Court of Appeal decision. This is an ongoing matter being dealt with by Robert.
All the clients were extremely pleased by Robert’s knowledge, energy, technical expertise, service levels and which all contributed to extremely favourable outcomes.
What our Clients Say…
“After completing on a property sale I was due over 600K apprehensive of electronic transfer. I requested to be paid by Bankers Draft. The Solicitor acting for me posted the Draft unrecorded before Christmas and to this day it has not been seen. Barclays were unable to reissue or stop the Draft unless the Solicitor signed an indemnity which they refused to do; leaving me high and dry all over Christmas & New Year…and suggesting I seek legal advice. I did just that! Instructing Robert Johnson (Healys Solicitors) he pursued them relentlessly; his brilliant Letter of Claim left them nowhere to hide. They were clearly culpable of professional negligence/ breach of trust; their arrogance was staggering. Eventually together with their insurers they signed an indemnity with Barclays. In under a month, with Robert’s invaluable help, my funds were recovered together with an additional £11K for costs interest and damages. Thank you Robert for your exemplary care. Right was done…”
“Since 2016 Robert Johnson has defended us in a complex professional negligence claim where we had the misfortune of being victims in a complicated property fraud. The claim had severe financial and professional implications and Robert demonstrated from the outset an ability to understand and narrow the issues; an appreciation of the sensitivities; and a thorough knowledge of the law, process and procedure. Robert’s professional negligence expertise is renown and in our experience with very good reason. He dealt with the litigation with assuredness (and times cunning) but he was most impressive by the way he was able to bring the opposing parties to the negotiating table and with his excellent skills he managed to turn what was a lost cause into a winning position. Robert has been a fantastic advocate throughout. We always felt very confident in his ability and judgment which did a lot to reduce the stress of the litigation. He provided us with clear and practical solutions and delivered an extremely good (and unexpected) outcome.”
“As a QC with over 30 years in practice it came as an unpleasant shock to find myself cast in role of claimant in a professional negligence action. I count myself very fortunate to have instructed Robert Johnson to act on my behalf. Throughout the case Robert provided an excellent service in every respect. He has first class legal knowledge, is tactically astute, an excellent communicator who is always prepared to go the extra mile to secure the best possible outcome. I have no hesitation in strongly recommending him.”
If you have lost any monies because of identity fraud in relation to a conveyance (or any other transaction), please contact Robert Johnson on (direct dial) 020 7822 4106 (mobile) 07899 973306 or (e-mail) Robert.email@example.com.
Please also note that Robert Johnson deals with all types of breach of contract and/or professional negligence claims against conveyancers or indeed other professionals such as accountants, surveyors, architects, barristers and estate agents.