Top litigator quits Paul Hastings after falsifying degrees from Harvard and Oxford

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  • What an absolutely bizarre moment of madness - particularly as it sounds like he was trading under he less glamorous (presumably correct) CV while at Paul Hastings (not an angle picked up on in the RoF story). So all it would ever have taken, as presumably happened, was someone at his prospective new chambers looking at his existing profile. Even without that anomaly it's pretty crazy - Harvard's a big place, but Oxbridge colleges aren't, nor is the Bar. There always seem to be people knocking around from one's year - or purported year - in College, more's the pity.

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  • Proof if it were ever needed that a law firm partner's workload is easy and all bluff if this charlatan could pull something like this off.

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  • He ought to have been struck off. Its complete, unashamed dishonesty - no moment of madness, but a gross misrepresentation of one's training and a discredit to the barrister profession. People spend years earning these credentials, not for some joke to add them to his name having done no work for them whatsoever.

    No Oxford connection at all, never mind a Dphil from there. As for the supposed first class honours from UEA - that too, it seems, another total lie. Thankfully there has been an outing in the end, at least. If I was one of his clients at Paul Hastings, I would be dismayed beyond words.

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  • The Bar Directory today lists a Dr Dennis Thomas Delcaron O'Riordan, MA, D Phil(Oxon), said to be of Quadrant Chambers and Paul Hastings. Called October 1993. Could they be the same? A 20 year old, grave fantasy?

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  • "Anomaly" is the key word there. If that's the case, this (apparently very talented lawyer) was trading on his proper credentials until very late in the game - I wonder what went wrong here. Poor chap.

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  • that pesky internet again. its not like it used to be.

    someone recently found out i'd not actually been a supreme court judge (now that was embarassing)

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  • Madness. The irony, of course, is that he clearly proved that it is perfectly possible to be a successful City lawyer without the academic pedigree that academically high-achieving partners insist on in for their recruits. His on-paper credentials are false, but his achievements in the law are as real as anyone's.

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  • Too many others faking away!

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  • Surely the entire miserable tale here raises the essential qualities of professional trust and integrity clients expect from their lawyers - the very first qualities required for any lawyer who holds him/herself out as having standing.

    Without them, there can be no client lawyer relationship at all...

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  • Tragic. Why would you lie about going to Radley? Perhaps he was looking for sympathy?

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