A former Linklaters employee has been barred from the legal profession after he was jailed for misappropriating £86,000 from the magic circle firm.

Raza Kanval, a former paralegal in the London office of the magic circle firm, was jailed for 12 months last September after he was convicted of fraud by abuse of position, according to a Solicitors Regulation Authority notice published this week.

According to reports at the time he stole £86,000 by fraudulently photocopying signed invoices so that a friend’s company was paid twice for work done for Linklaters.

Kanval was dismissed on 30 May 2012 and Linklaters now regards the matter as closed. The firm declined to make any further comment.

Due to his criminal conviction, the SRA said it would be ‘undesirable’ for him to work in the legal profession. He may not be employed in any solicitor’s practice or by any solicitor without the regulator's permission.