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The deep state got him.

A lawyer who boasted that he was a "genius level litigator" who would "end the SRA" failed to make good on his threat and has been struck off instead.

Anjan Patel, a litigator at Neumans LLP, attracted the regulator's attention when he settled a claim without telling his client in 2013.

Patel and 'Client A' agreed to accept £2.2m to settle the client's damages claim. It was also agreed that the firm and Client A would split however much the other side agreed to pay in costs. Despite being explicitly informed that the client wanted to be involved in the costs settlement "at every level", Patel quietly made an offer to settle the costs for £2.3m, which was accepted by the other side.

Patel managed not to disclose the fact of the settlement to the client for weeks, ignoring the advice of a go-between and counsel that his approach risked regulatory peril. 

When Client A found out and the SRA duly demanded an explanation, Patel told it in 2019 that his client had demonstrated “extremely bad judgment” and “greed” in relation to previous offers. He said that he had been forced to take “all steps in the costs dispute" to protect the client and others from Client A's "greed and awful judgment”.

Patel called to speak to the SRA officer investigating him and informed him, “Your career was going up and now you are about to get smashed". He said that if he didn't get a time extension to respond to the SRA's allegations, "I will tell the Head of the SRA, the Head of the Law Society, the Lord Chancellor and the Prime Minister”.

Patel said that if he wasn't treated "humanely" by the officer, then "I will make sure your contract is terminated”.

“You will get sued. I will sue you for misfeasance. I have unlimited resources and talent and I will sue you”, continued Patel, threatening, “I will end the SRA”. 

“Let’s get one thing straight, I control the outcomes here”, claimed the lawyer, inaccurately as it turned out.

When the officer agreed to the extension, Patel emailed back his best Liam Neeson in Taken

“I’m not sure you realise. I know you want to make a name for yourself. Good for you. Lying. Misleading a regulator. A court. That’s malicious prosecution. I’m recording my time. I’m billing you personally. You want a fictitious witch hunt? No problem. You’re going to pay for it. You lied to me a few weeks back saying you just started to investigate this. I’ve got you. And now. Systematically. You will come to understand why I’m the best litigator in the City. This is going to end with you in serious trouble...Level false accusations at me and my previous colleagues? There are serious consequences for you”.

Patel also told the officer, "You are digging your own grave”, and promised the young SRA solicitor that he was “about to find out how amazing I am. I am genius level talent, ultra talent”. The officer, said Patel, was about to encounter "elite level litigation. Global elite level litigation. I am the best litigator in the City and I have trained all the QCs".

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal ruled that the lawyer had "failed to display any insight, foresight or hindsight", and, instead of closing down the SRA, it struck off Patel and ordered him to pay £30k costs. 

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Toby Greenlord, Freeman on the Land 06 November 20 09:07

Obviously didn't know The Magna Carter.

I love ON A BOAT but I'm still a Feeman on the LAND.

That's how good The Manga Carter is.

Come at me TV Licensing Authority.  COME AT ME.

I'll take you all down.

Anonymous 06 November 20 09:19

Just checked with a QC.


He has no clue who this man is.


He was trained by an actual QC.


Also checked the SRA. It's not ended.

Anonymous 06 November 20 09:21

*hic* come on den! I'll take yers all on, with one hand tied behind me back, I'm a champion, me - you and your feckin noncey blue lights and handcuffs - think ye're hard, de ye?

Anonymous 06 November 20 09:25

Maybe that's the same Neumans which was intervened and shut down by the SRA. Just wondering.

Anonymous 06 November 20 09:29

'Maybe that's the same Neumans which was intervened and shut down by the SRA. Just wondering.' - it is (though for an unconnected reason. How much bad luck can one firm have, eh?)

Je Suis Monty Don l’Autobus 06 November 20 09:34

...and there ain’t a man Jack who has to suffer being regulated by them who doesn’t hope he succeeds.

Anonymous 06 November 20 12:43

He should have called the SRA "bent cnuts" - that worked really well last time:

Tony Rocky Horror 06 November 20 12:55

What an absolute bell end.


I've come up against this sort of idiot many times. Good luck cleaning the toilets in McDonalds you absolute cockrocket.

Gobblepig 06 November 20 14:24

Still snorting at the idea that this guy was holding himself out as the best litigator in the City. At Neumans. Who-mans?

Silly boy 07 November 20 05:24

Not very clever antagonizing a petty and vindictive organization with unlimited funds and a thirst for unreasonable prosecutions.


Toby Greenlord, Freeman on the Land 08 November 20 23:48

He should just use a Face-Off machine and change his name.  Then he can come back and litigate them all to hell.

That's what I'd do.

I actually live on a boat.  That's power.

Anonymous 11 November 20 15:43

That clip is comedy genius.

Do you know who I am?


I'm Ronnie Pickering.





Who's that?


And then he calls him Johnny Pickering.

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