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

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  • Gene Kelly: the point is, the only way you can know if CVs are reliable 999 times out of 1,000 is if you check them (but I suspect it's much more common than you think). Otherwise you are just setting yourself up for a fall.

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  • If a student did this and the BSB/inns found out before admission it would, I surmise, preclude admission. It goes to honesty and is also potentially a criminal offence. I am a bit surprised by the CEs casualness here.

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  • This is a brave announcement from Quadrant Chambers. O'Riordan wasn't hired on the basis of his academics since he was a senior hire. Senior hires everywhere are hired on the basis of their reputation in the market and the amount of work they can get in - even at the Bar. Only entrants and junior recruits are recruited on the basis of their academic qualifications. There is no suggestion that O'Riordan lied to get himself in the profession in the first place. He, rather bizarrely, lied once he was already established.

    I suspect many of the most critical commenters are themselves junior or students and so are somewhat unfairly critical of O'Riordan. Don't get me wrong - he behaved badly. But suspension not disbarrment is appropriate since he was qualified as a barrister and he didn't lie to get qualified. Speaking as a senior in-house lawyer I don't instruct anyone on the basis of academic qualifications. If I know them I instruct them on the basis of their work they've done for me in the past. If I don't know them I instruct them on the basis of their reputation in the market - which is built on work they've done, not their university.

    The truth is that the story means his career is for all intents and purposes over regardless of "only" being suspended.

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  • Seem to remember a case of another chap who lied about his qualifications, what was his name .. oh yes Archer I think. Do you really want to be represented by a lawyer who has to lie about himself.? If you cannot be trusted in the little things then also you cannot be trusted in the big things.

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  • The big print gives and the small print takes away?

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  • O'Riordan committed a criminal offence - C R I M I N A L. Not an error of judgment, not a 'what were you thinking' faux pas. Fraud by misrepresentation. I haven't read anywhere about a call to prosecute him for this, as others have been.

    Essentially it's counterfeit goods. If I buy a Hermes handbag, I want it to be Hermes, not George at Asda. Yes, the George bag is a perfectly competent handbag and fulfils its function, but I thought I was getting Hermes, and that's what I paid for. In those terms, wouldn't we all be straight down to Trading Standards to complain?

    Every survey confirms that CV fraud is much more widespread than people think - about a 1/3 of people admit to lying on their CV and the most common lie is about qualifications - simply because fraudsters are confident that people don't make checks. It's extremely easy to check qualifications with the issuing university, who are all keen to ensure that genuine graduates are not denied opportunities by liars. Many offer a simple online service for as little as £10 - some are totally free.

    A few people have mentioned integrity here. This is fundamental to the issue. Trust, reputation and honesty are worth everything. I'm sure Paul Hastings will end up counting the cost in multiples of billable hours from clients holding the George handbag.

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  • Jayne Rowley is bang on the money. And here's to genuine Hermes handbags.

    Perhaps we shall see Dennis/Tom (even his colleagues seem unsure) surface stacking the shelves at Asda? An honest days work is good for the soul; before I was humbled I erred, sayeth the good book.

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