London trainee faces career ruin after faking law degree and LPC certificates

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By Thomas Connelly on

Regulator releases details today of finding against 29-year-old former London South Bank University student


An erstwhile trainee solicitor faked a law degree and a Legal Practice Course (LPC) certificate in an audacious bid to qualify at a leading Westminster general commercial law firm.

Professional regulators today published a notice of a finding from March last year that Sanjeeva Camillus — who had bagged a training contract at law firm William Sturges — misled his employers about his qualifications.

The former trainee claimed to have gained both a qualifying law degree and an LPC certificate — both requirements for embarking on training contract — but later admitted to having fabricated them.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) — via a website notice — said an investigation had found Camillus had misled both his employers and the regulator.

The wannabe lawyer, who has already been suspended by William Sturges, is now subject to a section 43 order, effectively dashing any hopes of a career in law without prior approval of the SRA.

Camillus — whose LinkedIn profile still lists the 29-year-old as a trainee solicitor at the firm — previously attended London South Bank University.