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City lawyer parliamentary candidate battles claims he over-egged experience at Clifford Chance

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Tory safe seat man in bid to refute allegations that his claim to have headed a magic circle department is a big fat exaggeration

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A solicitor and Conservative Party parliamentary candidate is battling to fight off allegations that he falsely claimed to have been a department head at a magic circle practice.

Media reports today suggested that Alan Mak — the general election candidate in the safe Tory constituency of Havant in Hampshire — inaccurately boasted on his CV that he was a “department head” at global practice Clifford Chance.

On his leaked CV (pictured below) — which was first picked up by website Political Scrapbook — Mak described CC as the “world’s biggest law firm”, where he had been a department head. He also claimed that he had been awarded the title of “young City lawyer of the year” before the age of 30.

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Reports have maintained that Mak was never promoted to Clifford Chance’s partnership. And as an associate he was never in charge of a department or practice group.

But Mak has told Legal Cheek exclusively that he spent seven years at the firm during which time he was in a crucial mid-tier management position.

“My roles at the firm included heading up the UK department of a Europe-wide practice group,” he said, “which I made clear during the selection process for Havant. Not all local departments are run by partners, and my successor in that role now is also not a partner. I have never claimed to be a partner of Clifford Chance or any other law firm.”

Mak went on to say he was “a founding member” of the Clifford Chance Foundation, a pro bono initiative launched in 2008.

“My work included assessing applications for grants,” he said.

Mak — who read law at Cambridge — was admitted as a solicitor in February 2009. According to Law Society records, he specialised in financial services, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, banking and general commercial work.

His CV also stated that Mak was “used to dealing with ministers, civil servants, and speaking up for others”.

Mak rallied support from local Tory activists in his defence. Havant Conservative Party chairman Mike Fairhurst went into bat, saying:

“Nobody in the constituency party ever assumed that Alan was, or had been, a partner at any law firm. He has never claimed to be a partner, and his CV does not imply that. If he had been a partner, I am sure he would have said so clearly. He was selected on his all-round ability, and we are very happy that he is our candidate.”

Clifford Chance declined to comment on any aspect of Mak’s former employment with the firm.

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sirwaltdisknie

He does not have my credentials. Nor does Blacker!

– Member of 20 royal colleges.
– Partner in fourteen law firms and six barristers chambers.
– Honorary fellow of four professional institutes.
– LL.D. (Honours) and J.S.D. from acc. Canadian correspondence course, overseen by the University of Toronto.
– Solicitor of the Senior Courts and Barrister-at-Law.
– Honorary Recorder of Southport and Vice-Colonel of the Manchester Military Office.

Beat that Blacker!

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37th Earl of Dublin

I have been giving Counsels opinions since 1990.

I was a judge of the legendary Privy Arbital Court.

I am in Debretts and Who’s Who.

I have an ancient peerage.

I am Senior Counsel.

Read my LinkedIn profile and it will be obvious that you are just making your qualifications up. My boba fides are verified and not in question. Yours are non existent Mofo.

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sirwaltdisknie

How dare you Blacker! HOW DARE YOU!

Trying to upstage me with your second division credentials. By George, you’ll be sorry as pudding, Sonny Jim!

I was judging at the Privy Arbital Court before you were so much as a glint in your mother’s eye.

As for Debretts – I started the bloody thing. I’m not in Who’s Who, but that’s only because I had a row with its founder after he discovered I was the lead in the litigation team that sequestered his stolen Nazi fortune from a secret bank account using an international tracing order: an unprecedented legal move – oh yes! – that helped me secure an equity partnership at Clifford Chance. I was their first lateral hire.

But that’s nothing.

I am also the very first Senior Queen’s Counsel, with private access to Her Majesty, who relies on my advice for her licensing ventures with the manufacturers of Tupperware. I even persuaded her to give a Royal Warrant to my favourite cereal, Kellogg’s Special K.

So stick that in your pipe and smoke it Blacker! My attainments make you look like a common and garden nobody.

Face it Blacker – you’re the Dickinson Dees of the legal world. You’re operating above your station. Stick to wills and conveyancing, Blacker, and leave the heavyweight jurisconsulting to talents like me.

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37th Earl of Dublin

Who are Dickinson Dees ?

Like you, they no longer exist .

You ignorant cretin. You are plankton.

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sirwaltdisknie

Ha Blacker! I’ve got to you. The insults are flying. So you’re jealous of my attainments. What a tool you are, Blacker!

Senior Counsel indeed????

Senior Knobhead, more like.

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Anonymous

you have been giving counsel since 1990 WHAT WHEN YOU WERE JUST 18 lol

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37th Earl of Dublin

I was gifted.

You haters are just jealous.

Ignorant cretins.

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anon

you have been giving counsels since 1990 WHAT WHEN YOU WERE JUST 18 you were born in July 1972

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anon

you were giving counsel when you were 18 you were born in July 1972

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Anonymous

Another example of CC hiring the weirdos

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Dr Bonham

What happened to diversity?

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Anonymous

Just hire another one from SOAS

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Anonymous

Whats that supposed to mean?

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Uncle Solicitor

My time in Cathay has led me to believe that this very type of behaviour is commonplace among its people, although persons undertaking this type of behavior may be of any background or from any place. However, after eating what I thought to be “food” in Cathay, I realised that if they were going to be dishonest about their “food”, they would have little hesitation being dishonest about other matters, and Mr Mak may well have proven this very point, which is unfortunate as it leads to stereotypes being reinforced, which is unfair, and in fact, is not really allowed at all.

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37th Earl of Dublin

You’ve got to no-one.

Everyone can see you are a fake with made up qualifications.

I shall retain my dignity you cockwomble.

Toodle pip. Time for tiffin.

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Fuqua

“World’s biggest law firm”

Hehehehe what a joker!

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VTESI

“Used to dealing with ministers, civil servants & speaking up for others” <== what kind of nonsense sentence is that?! Clearly doing law at Cambridge doesn't guarantee that one can write in coherent sentences…

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Call of Dawah

You Western hypocrites. He is merely exercising his Freedom of Expression.

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Gagarin's boot

Aysh, did you forget to take your meds today?

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Eliott

I have never seen Blacker and Mak in the same room. QED – Blacker is Mak in disguise (or the other way around).
Either way, do the good people of Havant know what they are letting themselves in for…?

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sirwaltdisknie

Stop it Blacker! It’s obvious you don’t have your finger on the London-metro-media pulse and my 20 royal colleges beat yours hands down! Plus I was style editor for GQ for three years and have also served as deputy vice-chairman of the voluntary wing of the Conservative Party, political adviser to the Lord Chancellor, and head of the Electoral Commission. Ha! Blacker, you’re just a nobody compared to me.

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Eliott

Perhaps, but Mak grew up in a shoe box in the middle of the road and had to eat gravel for dinner – that’s how hard it he had it. Blacker on the other hand has a Rolls, medals and has his own train (albeit a miniature one).
Mak is the more authentic working class hero. Blacker is perhaps more of a champagne socialist. I’d vote for Blacker.
Although – this is all a moot point, as the two personae are perhaps the same person. A sort of Jekyll and Hyde type scenario.

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sirwaltdisknie

That’s nothing. I grew up in a factory and had to heave coal from the age of three. My poor Ma almost aborted me until she realised what a loss it would be to the intellectual and cultural life of the country. For years at the Bar, I had to survive on tupenny briefs and only had change for a Greggs sandwich and a bottle of fizzy pop. Often I would have to walk home, while the cars splashed me from the puddles and the bus drivers and old grannies cackled with delight.

I would arrive home in the moonlight and then put in another six hours as a Special Constable on night shifts with the City Fraud Squad. Sometimes I went undercover working on porn lines and I became the leading expert on pornography in Europe, if not the world.

I was eventually appointed Chief Constable and Vice-Admiral of the Worshipful Company of Lieutenants, but had to turn down the role due to a conflicting judicial appointment in the Bahamas, where I served under Lord Chief Justice Thompson.

It is from all my authentic stellar achievements that Blacker gets his blag.

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sosr

Political Scrapbook are having a field day with this guy.

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Anonymous

From his website: “Law at Peterhouse, Cambridge University and winning the prestigious ECS Wade Prize for Administrative Law, before completing a post-graduate law & business diploma in Oxford, where I was a runner-up for the Oxford Leadership Prize.”

The latter is an interesting way to describe the LPC at Oxford Institute of Legal Practice.

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Uncle Solicitor

Clearly a man who finds triumph in vague statements invoking thoughts of prestige over reality.

Only a person attempting to be direct with Mr Mak would term this “dishonesty”, and perhaps such a person would be correct.

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Anonymous

I did the LPC with him. He was awful then (and slightly notorious for being awful and self-promoting and only bothered about being civil to people who could help him get on).

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Renegade

I once saw him at a bus stop. He was awful then (and slightly notorious for the awful way he got on and off buses and he only bothered about being civil to people who would help him on the bus).

I also knew his uncle’s best friend’s aunt’s flat mate, and she was awful too. Just awful.

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snowball qc

Aspiring to be a tory MP is bad enough but still not as bad as sewing medals onto your solicitor advocate gowns. If this chap really wanted to help people then he should ditch politics and join his nearest legal aid law practice – do that for a couple of years and then come to politics. I just don’t think we need anymore city lawyers in parliament.

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