Solicitor struck off after allowing client to pay £62,000 too much for property

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.

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  1. WiltsAgent

    Why only Struck Off? Surely, investigated, arrested and then charged is what is needed here.

  2. AgencyInsider

    On the face of it a flagrant fraud. Amazed this has not led to a criminal charge.

  3. PeeBee

    “The tribunal found that Patel had shown “flagrant disregard” for his client’s best interests…”

    Interesting – seeing as BOTH PARTIES were the firm’s “clients”, they were clearly acting in the best interests of one of them…


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