The Solicitors Regulation Authority has obtained an unprecedented injunction against a former solicitor stopping him from working for any law firm in any capacity.
Dixit Shah had cheated banks and businesses across Europe and Asia out of more than £15m and was struck off in his absence in 2002 after fleeing the UK while being investigated.
He was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison in December 2010 for fraud-related offences and released in June 2012.
Since then, the SRA said it had been concerned about his connection with at least one law firm and so last May it obtained an interim order against him.
Earlier this month, the High Court granted a final order which states that Shah must not hold himself out, or act, as a solicitor, or undertake any reserved legal activity through a body authorised by the SRA.
The order also contains a penal notice which states that anyone who helps or permits Shah to breach the terms of the order may be held in contempt of court and could face prison or have their assets seized.
The injunction is the first of its kind sought by the solicitors’ regulator. Shah, 53, has until 2 February to appeal the judgment.
The former solicitor, who lived in Harrow, invested in a series of doomed film projects during his stay in India in a bid to become a Bollywood mogul.
He was believed to have returned to Britain using various guises and, in 2006, was arrested at Dublin Airport. He jumped bail and continued to commit mortgage frauds until his arrest in Harrow in 2009, when chequebooks in 70 different names were found in his possession.