Complaint / review text:
Crooked Law Firm supporting fellow Nigerian 419 scams rob London businessmen and launder proceeds through London properties and restaurants.
John Palmer / Akin Palmer Solicitors Angel Gate, London and Willesden, London.
Do NOT hire these solicitors until you have read this.
My wife and I attempted to close a transaction with this firm but all we received was total incompetence followed by excuse after excuse, delay after delay. In all reasonable attempts to work through this solicitor firm over almost an 18 month period, our property transaction failed due to what we put down then as gross neglect and incompetence on the part of John Palmer / Akinbowale and his firm.
We were researching the firm to file a formal complaint to the Law Society of Great Britain and to gather perhaps other people who may have experienced the same negligence to strengthen our argument, we found very disturbing information about Akin Palmer Solicitors and John Palmer / Akinbowale along the way.
At first we thought we may have been duped and that Akin Palmer Solicitors were not a real firm of lawyers and were attempting to make us sell our property under value to their crooked friends for profit and gain. We soon found out that they are actually a real firm of Solicitors and are fully authorised by the Law Society and the official Solicitors Authority, which we believe made this saga much worse. It would appear that the Law Society of Great Britain (one of the oldest and most respected fraternities in London) were somehow backing this firms criminal activities.
It appears that a boat load of crooked Nigerians have infiltrated the respected name of the British Law Society right here in London and are currently actively trading as a registered Law Firm in the City, laundering proceeds of crime for their fellow Nigerians and criminals in East London.
John Palmer or John Akinbowale (Akin Palmer is the name of his firm) seems to have an unusually high involvement in various types of businesses for a solicitor. This raised our suspicions and we started to dig deeper. We think is other commercial interests no doubt aid his real profession of laundering.
Proceeds appear to be laundered through London restaurants in a very open fashion and controlled by John Akinbowale who also controls and manages the restaurants it would appear, along with other businesses which all seem concentrated to one area and group of people.
It is suspicious as most of those businesses have a high rate of turnover (some of which are now dissolved or closed). These businesses no doubt are (or were) also used for laundering proceeds of crime and hiding away money for his friends.
The firm consists of 4 Nigerian solicitors. All completely incompetent in our view. We soon found out that the firm does nothing but buy and sell houses and properties for fellow crooked Nigerians.
Looking locally and researching credit files and public records, we found out that the proceeds being used to buy properties through this law firm were gained by the operation of Nigerian 419 Scams (see examples here), most of them operated from addresses only yards away from Akin Palmer Solicitors office at Angel Gate and other fraudulent operations such as credit card fraud and identity theft.
He appears to have placed his office in the centre of the East End of London crime district but does not offer criminal law services. We conclude that is for this purpose. Names of this clients and associates would appear to match names registered at several addresses nearby his offices used in the Nigerian 419 scams on the internet. I know this as myself and my wife were a victim to a 419 scam some years ago. The police were never able to recover our money.
We believe John Palmer (real name John Akinbowale) and his fellow Nigerian solicitors launder the money through several London restaurants and businesses before using it to purchase property and make investments on behalf of their friends.
We have tried to file complaints to the Law Society and to other official bodies who oversee the conduct of Solicitors but they appear to pull-rank and close in to protect their own. They advise us that to make a formal complaint we must offer documentation evidence. They are too clever to leave a paper trail that will convict them and we are not a police force and don’t have the resources for that.
So we feel that by making everyone aware of this solicitor firms activities it may save them too loosing their livelyhood and their commercial businesses by hiring this crooked law firm.