Sir John Walsh of Branagh’s CV may be even more spectacular than Lord Harley of Counsel’s

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By Judge John Hack on

Aussie barrister in challenge to Lancashire solicitor-advocate Alan Blacker (aka Lord Harley of Counsel) for crown of best CV on the internet


Legal Cheek presents Sir John Walsh of Brannagh — the lawyer some in the Australian legal profession are touting as a challenger to Lord Harley of Counsel in the pretentious CV stakes.

A tiny taster of his titles and qualifications, as listed on the Humanitad website, kicks off with this:

Walsh of Brannagh, the Duke de Ronceray Sir John Francis Patrick Cyril Colclough; GCStJ, LLB, DipCrim (Melb.), BEd, DipEd (Monash), DJuris, PhD (Columbia), GradDipLaw (ANU); Barrister-at-Law, constitutional lawyer; son of: Sir John Francis Colclough Walsh of Brannagh, The Duke de Ronceray and The Han Marie Bridget Colclough Walsh of Brannagh.

Additional highlights include:

Regent of the Royal House of Anjou, Marquis de Segre, Count de Bauge et de Fontevrault, Viscount de Fontevrault and Baron de Beaufort.

Humanitad describes itself as “an international non-governmental, non-profit, self-funding organisation committed to the promotion of interfaith and intercultural tolerance and fellowship between all nations and faiths”. According to the organisation’s website, it achieves that “through global arts and cultural exposition, education and the facilitation of coherent and progressive exchange amongst international leadership”.

Walsh was admitted to the Victoria bar in 1983 and his LinkedIn profile lists as the barrister as being qualified also to practise in New South Wales, Norfolk Island, England and Wales, Ireland, and the US as well as being a member of Inner Temple. He acts as Humanitad’s adviser on international and constitutional law.

He told Legal Cheek that “the titles were inherited from my father and have been verified”. Walsh explained the volume as resulting from some rather complicated subsidiary titles.

“The qualifications were all earned,” he said proudly. “The titles are shown in my British and Australian passports and have all been checked out including my qualifications by Australian Federal Police when I have stood for political office and corporate boards.”

Back on home ground, Legal Cheek readers have become somewhat obsessed with Lord Harley. Comments on our article on the Mancunian cult hero are fast-approaching the 2,000 mark.