Leeds Metropolitan law grad who claimed he ‘attended’ Yale University on CV fined £2,000 by regulator

He had actually submitted a research paper, which wasn’t even published

Left to right: Leeds Metropolitan University and Yale University

A Leeds Metropolitan University law graduate who claimed he had “attended” Yale University on his CV has been slapped with a £2,000 fine by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

According to a regulatory settlement agreement published earlier today, Lee Hull made a number of misleading statements on his CV when he applied for a legal advisor role at Telford outfit Clarkes Legal.

Hull’s CV “gave the impression” that he held a degree at the University of Leeds, when in fact he graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University (now Leeds Beckett University).

Furthermore, the document claimed he attended Yale, a prestigious Ivy League university in the United States, when in reality Hull had actually submitted a research paper for its law review. It was not published.

His CV also suggested he had been called to the bar whereas he had merely completed the Bar Vocational Course (now known as the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)). Because of this, “he is not entitled to use the term ‘Barrister'”.

Having secured employment with Clarkes Legal, Hull was put in charge of overseeing the progress of a number of the firm’s cases. The regulatory agreement reveals that in 2015, Hull missed a vital court date and attempted to cover up his error by producing and back-dating three letters addressed to the client. Continuing, the report states:

The letters made it appear that Mr Hull had asked for fees from his client in order to proceed with the matter. None of the letters were created on the date on which they appeared. They were all created on 8 July 2015. None of the letters were sent to Mr Hull’s client. Mr Hull made reference to the three letters in a witness statement to the court, in an attempt to explain the missed court date.

Hull — who is no longer employed by Clarkes Legal — claimed he was under “substantial pressure” at work and had taken “medication for depression for several years which affected his judgment [sic].”

Fining him £2,000, the SRA said that Hull had “failed to act with integrity.” One year earlier in February 2016, he accepted a police caution for the offence of fraud by false representation as a result of his CV.

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Law grads who attended rubbish unis compared to their Oxbridge and Russell Group counterparts always have a large chip on their shoulder…


True. But it must be jolly frustrating to be constrained for your entire life by a decision you made when you were 18 years old.

I know bright people who just didn’t focus at school and/or had personal problems and I fear they will forever be locked out of earning good money in respectable jobs.


Its not always RG/Oxbridge. An (admittedly smaller) number of grads from the ‘plate glass’ universities and others such as St Andrews/Leicester seem to do well. Ex-poly university graduates are definitely in need of exceptional experience to stand much of a chance in the City though.


Given that most students applying to city firms at universities like UCL, LSE, Kings, Durham, Bristol, Warwick etc have massive chips on their shoulders, that’s not surprising at all.

Person with ounce of empathy

Why do they chips on their shoulders? What tosh.


Since we are all generalising: From experience…it is actually the other way round. Non RG students tend to have received a higher standard of teaching and are much more amiable, down to earth people who can communicate better. Once the TeF is approved we may see the RG’s teaching standards rise. Pipe and smoke


Lol @ higher teaching standards at polys. Have you seen the semi-literate riff raff lecturing at these places?


I went to an ex Poly. They had qualified solicitors and barristers on the teaching staff. Two staff were internationally acclaimed.

But I understand that some people’s only way of lifting themselves up is to put other people down.


I love how, to your mind, universities are either Oxbridge/RG or “rubbish”. Have you seen recent rankings?

Professor Plum

Interesting. The SRA now claims jurisdiction over people not even in the profession or working in the profession.

Person with ounce of empathy

What a truly sad indictment on society.

Today’s young people are so fearful of the future that they feel the need to stoop to these lows.

This young man’s behaviour is a result of poor guidance, most probably poor education and a society which places every greater value on credentials as a means to prove your self-worth.

In the words of Elton John, it’s a sad situation.


“His CV also suggested he had been called to the bar whereas he had merely completed the Bar Vocational Course (now known as the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)). Because of this, “he is not entitled to use the term ‘Barrister’”. ”

You can be called after completing the BPTC – indeed most people do and then fail to get pupillage.

It is very likely that he has been called to the Bar but failed to secure pupillage. In which case, he is not entitled to call himself a registered barrister but he is entitled to call himself an unregistered barrister (though not sure who would want to).

The point is, there is nothing wrong with saying he was called to the Bar if he was, in fact, called to the Bar.


But what if didn’t get called? I appreciate it is uncommon, but some people do complete the course and never get round to do doing it.


Even when unregistered, if called you can use the title “Barrister” if I remember correctly- so long as it is not used in the connection with providing legal services.


Me thinks the SRA need to read the BSB handbook.

Highly doubt he did the BPTC and “forgot” to be called


I think the SRA, who will have seen the evidence may know better than since cockwombles on here. To be called you also need to complete the qualifying sessions. I’m guessing he either didn’t do them, or didn’t get his papers in to the Inn to be called. Quite likely as he does seem to be disorganised.

Mrs Peacock

Tittly twashy, twiddly dum, gossippy wasuppy journalism.

Professor Plum

440. How can a person be struck off, when they have never been struck on?


Note to all hopefuls: lying on your CV just isn’t worth it


I think the fact of the matter is that it is worth it – we’ve seen time and time again on this site the way people’s careers are advanced through their lies. It’s likely that those caught represent a small percentage actually exaggerating their experience or qualifications.

In the past I have worked in recruitment, so I’ve seen quite a few CVs. We used to ‘test’ people against what they said they could do – just unbelievable the number who genuinely did not have a clue.


Read the SRA outcome. He is also barred from being employed without Society authority; has to pay £600 in costs as well; and is rebuked

Never mind his CV. He also backdated letters to cover his negligence, and used them to wilfully mislead the court.

Misleading the court? £2000 isn’t enough.


I’m loving how Tom states: “he attended Yale, a prestigious Ivy League university in the United States”. Who would have thought Yale was a prestigious Ivy League university in the United States? Kinda obvious?


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