Philip Saunders, 69, launched a violent attack on Mohammad Ghadami, 63, a developer, whose son Davood appears in the BBC soap EastEnders
A top property lawyer who was caught on CCTV headbutting a property developer during a £100m legal battle at the High Court has been struck off.
Philip Saunders, 69, assaulted Mohammad Reza Ghadami, 63, after a hearing in the Royal Courts of Justice, London, leaving him with a fractured nose.
Mr Ghadami, whose son Davood plays Kush in the BBC soap EastEnders, required treatment under general anaesthetic after the incident on the first floor landing of the Rolls Building at the Royal Courts of Justice.
Saunders, a leading property conveyance solicitor who has worked on multi-million pound property deals during his 43-year career, claimed he lost his temper after Mr Ghadami made a ‘vile antisemitic comment’ but did not give further details of the exact words used.
He told the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal: ‘I am an observant religious Jew. I have a high moral standard.
‘I completely lost all self-control as a result of this comment he made. I am bitterly ashamed that I lost my temper. I am not trying to justify my actions but to put them into perspective.
‘I cannot see how my behaviour on that day in the face of a raw anti-Semitic comment negates the way I behaved and behave since.’
Mr Ghadami suffered a broken nose after the shocking incident in the Royal Courts of Justice
After a three-hour hearing Edward Nelly, chair