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Quadrant Chambers chief: we hired O'Riordan on his reputation, not his CV

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  • Well I guess that's fine as long as you don't mind looking stupid after the truth comes out.

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  • The anonymous comment at 9.29 ignores the fact that O'Riordan had a successful practice and loyal client-following that was, arguably, more important than his paper qualifications. That is not to excuse his lies: unfortunately, many people are taken in by fraudsters (and many were in this case). However, despite not having the qualifications he claimed, he obviously seemed convincing to an awful lot of people who did have those qualifications (or similar ones). The fraud was in fact discovered by chance when he applied to another commercial set of Chambers where (completely coincidentally) he claimed to have been awarded the same scholarship in the same year as one of the interviewers. The man cannot be well; his career is over (despite "only" a 3 year suspension); and he has been publicly humiliated. Time for a little human compassion now too maybe?

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  • Anonymous 10:04, what a load of tosh. I can only assume that you are O’Riordan or know O’Riordan well. O'Riordan took a shot, has probably made millions directly arising out of his deceit, and now has to pay. This is no different to a potential trainee/pupil claiming they got a first, when they got a 2:2, in order to beat thousands of other better qualified applicants. The fact that he was a good lawyer is irrelevant.

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  • 9.29: The Bar works on trust. That's a feature, not a bug.

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  • Evidently Quadrant felt intense pressure make some statement; that it made this form of ill judged statement, will, one feels sure, be something it comes to regret. Barristers at Quadrant are registered to accept public access instructions (some). All lawyers have a duty to the court and the very essence of the public's trust in them rests on their personal integrity first above any market 'reputation.' In no way at all does this statement recognise the enormous dishonesty, over decades, this man showed his clients and colleagues. Why lie about one's entire CV if you feel so sure you'll would be hired for your market reputation?

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  • 10:35: Do you think that's how those who instructed him would see it?

    10:04: I don't disagree about the personal tragedy that has occurred here - but some basic due diligence would surely have prevented things getting to this point? You don't need vast resources to do these kinds of checks.

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  • It took me about 3.4 seconds to establish he had never won the Eldon Scholarship.

    http://www.law.ox.ac.uk/postgraduate/eldon_scholars.php

    Shameful abrogation of responsibility by Quadrant, playing the poor mouth by claiming a lack of HR. I wonder if they are as cavalier when checking the CVs of prospective pupils?

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  • This is an abominable abuse of trust....imagine being treated by an imposter falsely claiming to be a qualified doctor!

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  • @Anonymous 2:38 You have missed the point entirely. You fail to appreciate that O'Riordan was a lawyer... His lies were about academic qualifications not professional accreditation.

    These cases are few and far between... In truth, I don't remember the last time anything like this happened and the reason that this has gained so much coverage is because how rare it is. The legal profession is not riddled with liars and 999 times out of 1000 a CV can be taken on trust.

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  • The Bar is full of Class and Academic snobbery (usually Oxbridge and Landed Gentry ), often masking limited legal ability.
    This poor chap obviously needed to beef up his academics to get in in the first place!
    the myth is that the Bar selects on ability!!!

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