A solicitor who knew his client was paying too much for a property has been struck off.
Milan Patel, who was sole director of ALD Legal Solicitors in Harrow, was instructed by a client in Saudi Arabia to buy a UK property on his behalf.
A sub-sale transaction took place on the day of completion, where the property was transferred from the seller to a firm called HB Consultants for £438,000.
The client, unaware of this transaction, then immediately bought the property from HB Consultants for £500,000.
The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal noted that HB was Patel’s business partner and a client of the law firm, the Law Gazette has reported.
The tribunal found that Patel had shown “flagrant disregard” for his client’s best interests, and that his conduct was dishonest.