A former law firm consultant has been barred from the legal profession after he conducted a £6.8m transaction with another firm without the knowledge of his employers.

Saffi Comrad, a non-solicitor who worked as a consultant at former London personal injury firm Sterling Avram for just over a month in June last year, was found to have conducted or attempted to conduct a number of high-value transactions without other members of the firm knowing.

He used email addresses which were similar to genuine emails at the firm to carry out transactions purportedly on behalf of the firm, according to a Solicitors Regulation Authority notice published yesterday.

The SRA said that Comrad disappeared after leaving Sterling Avram on 23 July 2014, and his current whereabouts are unknown. The SRA says that the firm closed in April this year. 

The SRA said the nature of his conduct meant it was undesirable for Comrad to work in the legal profession.

He may not be employed in any solicitor’s practice or by any solicitor without SRA permission in future.