Senior London Lawyer Who Lied About Oxford and Harvard Law Degrees Gets Sacked.
Above Photo: The Radcliffe Camera, Oxford University.
Surprisingly, falsifying degrees from top universities and the plot of my novel BACK, have a great deal in common, so it was with interest that I read about the sacking of a top London lawyer, who invented Oxford and Harvard University law degrees on his CV.
He did it so he could obtain extremely high-flying jobs in international banks, barristers’ chambers and lawyers’ offices in the City of London, and he was only caught after someone finally did their (legal) jobs and carried out some simple due diligence on him.
He’d been using the fake degrees for five years, and was forced to quit his job at a major American law firm in London, after his lies were revealed.
On his resume, he’d invented:
1. A first class degree from Oxford, a doctorate in philosophy;
2. A masters degree from Harvard university;
3. Being a member of both the New York and Irish Bars;
4. Attending Radley College, an expensive private school.
But they were all found to be fiction, and he was immediately sacked, no doubt with massive red faces all round, and a number of to-be-quietly-settled major lawsuits from clients.
Having worked in that business, I’m astonished he could be so brazen and that he got away with this for so long.
It makes you wonder how many other lawyer liars there are out there, and whether you can believe anything anyone ever tells you about going to posh universities – which is where this story relates to the plot of BACK, where such misrepresentations are also to be found…
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