One of the City’s top lawyers has been forced to quit after being exposed for inventing large parts of his glittering CV.
Dennis O’Riordan, 51, had enjoyed a high-powered legal career at a string of banks, barristers’ chambers and law firms by the time he was finally caught out.
He boasted of being made an Eldon Scholar by Oxford University after gaining first-class degrees and a doctorate there and of studying at Harvard University – all of which were lies.
He also invented studying at the prestigious public school Radley College, gaining a first-class degree from the University of East Anglia, a Master’s degree from Harvard University, and being a member of both the New York and Irish Bars.
Also known as Tom O’Riordan, the commercial litigator said on professional profiles he was a visiting lecturer at Oxford University.
His stellar academic background helped him become a partner at two City law firms, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft and most recently Paul Hastings, which he joined in 2009.
The lawyer was only found out after apparently using his fabricated CV to apply for a job at an unnamed barristers’ chambers in November last year.
He was finally reported to the professional body for barristers, the Bar Standards Board, and has now been suspended from practice for three years.