A wind turbine manufacturer has removed its in-house counsel after being told that he was struck off months ago.
Wind Energy Solutions (WES) described Neel Mehta as “a highly experienced solicitor” for two months after he was removed from the Roll for committing driving offences and concealing the convictions from the firms at which he worked.
Mehta’s previous employers had an unfortunate habit of remaining in the dark about his misdemeanours despite, according to him, his best intentions.
Ashfords was unaware that Mehta had convictions until the police got in touch with the firm. He told HR he hadn’t bothered flagging his offences with them as he “considered it a personal matter which did not affect his work”.
Keystone Law remained ignorant for 10 months until it discovered that, contrary to representations he made when he joined it, he had criminal convictions and had been investigated by a previous firm and the SRA.
After being sacked he joined WES. In a weird coincidence, it appears to have been similarly ill-informed about its new counsel.
Hope no big contracts were signed in the interim...
When ROF asked whether it was aware Mehta had been struck off, no response was forthcoming. However, within a couple of days Mehta’s profile vanished. The company did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
Mehta did not reply when asked to confirm whether he disclosed to WES he had been struck off, or considered it a personal matter which did not affect his work.