Check Job Applicants, Even if Senior

A salutary story about Dennis O’Riordan, suspended from practice for 3 years by the Bar Tribunals and Disciplinary Service in the Lawyer here. At some stage in about 2007 he claimed to have degrees from Oxford and Harvard, and to be a member of the New York and Irish Bars, which was not true. That untruth appears not to have carried through to his profile at Paul Hastings.

The lesson for law firms is to have a proper checking system for job applicants, including checking qualifications and credentials. And nobody should be so senior that they are excluded from checking.

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