Family feud - fake barrister's email.

I am caught in the middle of a family feud.

Relative A is a distant cousin and family historian, who researched, compiled and produced a family register in the late '70s.
Relative B is my nephew who recently collaborated with A to produce edition II of the family register.

Despite B's insistence on correcting some errors that A had missed post-production, A went ahead and had over 300 copies printed and subsequently sold to eagerly waiting family members.

Due to B's abusive communications with A, A has since disassociated himself with B.

B now believes he has discovered a copyright infringement, regarding the inclusion of information from ed. I in ed.II, and is supposedly seeking legal advice from a barrister.

The thing is, My nephew recently emailed me a "copy" of an email from his purported legal adviser addressed to A. I say "copy", because it is hand-typed in the body, not a forwarded attachment.

Here is a screen-shot of the "copy", commented by me.

http://preview.tinyurl.com/84reqwj

My nephew insists it's not fake even though no legal action has been taken since the lapse of the "7 days".

Despite the errors in ed. II, I don't condone the actions my nephew has taken causing so much distress to the ageing family historian.

Has my nephew committed any offence if he's responsible for sending the fake email as "wolfroberts @ hotmail.com", and by using the hroberts.com domain if used without permission?

Thanks for any advice.

Unfortunately the link

Unfortunately the link doesn't work.

If you nephew has composed the letter then he may be committing an offence depending on the contents of the email and whether or not he is "impersonating" a barrister.

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Thanks for you reply.The

Thanks for your reply.

The link works for me if copied and pasted into the browser address field, otherwise the full link is...

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-tbNECQu1bq
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I can find only one barrister

I can find only one barrister called Howard Roberts in the Bar Standard Board's register of Barristers:

http://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/regulatory-requirements/the-barristers'-register/?ProfileID=837e868ffbb3a67451e480e1864e071d

If your nephew wrote the letter and is trying to impersonate this partciular barrister it is likely that he is commiting a criminal offence. You may want to contact Mr Roberts in the first instance. You may then wish to inform the police and also the Bar Standards Board of your concerns.

You should be aware that you are likely to require proof that your nephew wrote the letter. You should also be aware that if you inform any or all of the above it is likely to lead to the police at least questioning your nephew.

 

I should add that "Mr Roberts" has not said in his letter that he is a barrister from what I can see.

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This is the first line of the

This is the first line of the email that my nephew sent me...

"Actual letter from my barrister which was sent to [name of A] this morning."

The text following the above, is that as shown in the screen-shot. The email proper was sent directly to A and I believe my nephew may have created the hotmail account (wolfroberts@) in order to send this "threat".

In which case, contact the

In which case, contact the police, BSB and Mr Roberts with your concerns.

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Thanks for your input, A has

Thanks for your input, A has aparently, already actioned the advice you suggested.

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