Friday, 29 May 2009

In the danger zone

Company directors across Shropshire could find themselves top targets when it comes to identity theft.

Our Senior Partner, Graham Davies, said national research had shown that company directors aged 30 to 50 were particularly vulnerable.“The research showed that any senior staff living in rented accommodation were most at risk, as they tend to share post boxes and move house more often.This gives fraudsters more opportunity to access and abuse their credit histories.”

He said directors earning more than £50,000 were almost three times more likely to fall victim to an identity theft – and those employing over 50 people were five-and-a-half times more at risk.

“It appears the most common method is to use a forwarding address fraud. This is where the criminal redirects your post to a ‘drop’ address, which they later visit to collect the items. This trick accounts for around 36 per cent of all identity thefts, but you will probably be completely unaware it is even happening initially.

“It’s only likely to be uncovered when you’re expecting private financial information, such as bank and credit card statements, and they fail to arrive. If you don’t receive the items you’re expecting, don’t ignore the situation. You should speak directly to the sender, and also insist they investigate any suspicious activity on your account.”

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Louise joins the Martin-Kaye team

A solicitor with a passion for extreme sports is the latest addition to our Commercial Property team. Louise Clowes, of Maer Heath in Staffordshire, has previously worked for companies in Manchester and Nantwich.

Her past experience has included working on minerals and environment cases, commercial sales and purchases, landlord and tenant work, easements and licences.
She has also handled more unusual cases including the purchase of a sand and gravel quarry to be turned into a nature reserve, and the purchase of an open cast coal mine.

Louise is a keen triathlete in her spare time, competing in a wide range of events from sprint distance to the tough Ironman format.

“I enjoy challenges, both in terms of my work and my spare time, and the Ironman event is a prime example of one of the toughest there is.
I’m thoroughly enjoying the work at Martin-Kaye, and looking forward to helping the Commercial Property team to build on its already strong reputation, both locally and on a wider national stage.”

Pic: Louise Clowes – the latest addition to the Martin-Kaye Commercial Property team