An ex-partner at Mishcon de Reya who was jailed for fraud is now, after changing his name, embroiled in another court case with allegations of fraud.
Kevin Steele (as he was previously known), was a former partner at Mishcon (AKA "Princess Diana's former firm", © all tabloid newspapers). In 2012 he was sentenced to a five and a half year jail term for his part in an £18.4 million fraud, after he was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and conspiracy to use false instruments.
In that matter, Steele was rumbled after providing fake paperwork to allow his client to obtain a multi-million pound loan to develop a Turkish resort. Both Wayne Rooney and former Brazilian star Ronaldinho bought villas off plan, so it must have been pretty classy. As part of the deceit, Steele brazenly hoodwinked three other innocent partners at Mishcon into signing an undertaking.
Steele was released from jail and changed his name to Kevin MacLeod. It is now alleged that he has gone into business with convicted fraudster Ian Leaf (unofficial nickname Tea Leaf). Leaf was sentenced to a 12 year prison term in 2006 for stealing tax refunds of £54 million. Leaf altered his name to Ian Andrews, to change his identity, and possibly limit poor quality cockney rhyming slang-based nicknames.
"Erm...looks like I need you to change my name again."
Consult Partners is one of the companies that Steele/MacLeod is allegedly helping to run with Leaf/Andrews. The company has become the subject of litigation with a former business partner, Arpit Ahuja. Consult Partners accuses Ahuja of allegedly stealing business ideas and is suing him for £75,000, but Ahuja is counter-suing the company for £18,250. Ahuja also accuses Andrews of siphoning off £55k out of the company that was owed to creditors, and transferring it into other business interests.
The case is being heard at the Central London County Court.