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

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  • Dennis lived across the road from me with his mother and his mother and my late mother were close friends. His mother used to tell us about all his different jobs and later his legal work. She was incredibly proud of him. I knew him from childhood until about the time he went to UEA to do his Law degree in Norwich. He worked very hard to get money together as a young man, working as a theatre technician at St Thomas' Hospital in London, his mother told us, and for a while did some chiropody, too, she said. Then we heard from his (lovely) mother about the Japenese job in, she said, derivatives and his purchase of a fabulous house quite nearby to where we all lived. It is so sad, as he clearly had the motivation and where-withall to get some money together to pursue his ambition. They were not a family bathed in riches, I can assure everyone. It is just not clear when he began this web of deception, but as a member of the Bar and specialising in regulatory law now, there must have been a reason why he did not get the ultimate sanction - one cannot know if one was not at the hearing - so do not judge without knowing the facts.

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  • His dishonesty, if proven, would be unquestionably unethical.
    Let's not forget how flawed a system it is that so disproportionately prizes Oxbridge degrees that one might deem it necessary to falsify academic achievement. Perhaps this was the best/only way to secure pupillage/tenancy? Why else would he do such a thing?

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