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Paralegal who lied about having first class Oxford Brookes law degree fined £2,000

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Hani Hussein also claimed to have completed the BPTC

📸 An image purporting to show Hussein’s law degree and Oxford Brookes University (image credit Pierre Marshall)

A young paralegal has been rebuked and fined £2,000 after she was found to have lied about her legal qualifications.

Hani Hussein, who worked at Oracle Solicitors and Consultants in North London, posted her CV to an online job website stating that she held a first class law degree from Oxford Brookes University and had also completed the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at the College of Law (now the University of Law). The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) found neither of these statements to be true.

The regulator said: “Ms Hussein’s conduct was neither trivial nor justifiably inadvertent. Ms Hussein’s conduct was deliberate: she gave the impression she had certain qualifications and; she benefited financially from her deceit.”

According to yesterday’s published decision, her employers discovered she’d cited qualifications that she didn’t possess after reviewing her CV. Hussein worked at Oracle from late July to early August 2017.

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The SRA added: “Ms Hussein was dishonest. Honesty and integrity are central to one’s role as the client’s trusted adviser. They are required of all those involved in the provision of legal services and Ms Hussein has demonstrated that she can act without these. A dishonesty finding is an exceptionally serious matter for a member of a profession whose reputation depends on trust.”

On top of her fine, Hussein was handed a section 43 order, which prevents her from working in a law firm without prior permission from the regulator.

Hussein’s legal qualifications were first called into question back in early 2017 after a photograph purporting to show a copy of her Oxford Brookes degree certificate (pictured top) began circulating around Twitter. Speaking at the time, a spokesperson for the university confirmed to Legal Cheek that she “had not completed the requirements for a degree and was therefore, not awarded the qualification.”

Meanwhile, Hussein’s Twitter account, which has since been deleted, stated, among other things, that she was a “1st Class Law Graduate”, “BPTC Graduate” and “Future Pupil Barrister”.

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52 Comments

Anonymous

“Hussein worked at Oracle from late July to early August 2017.”

So she was there for practically no time at all.

Are you Harley?
Are you Harley?
Are you Harley is disguise?!!!

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Mike Ross

Qualifications are overrated anyway…

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Anonymous

why does anyone watch that shit show

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Anonymous

How many people over egg their qualifications ? 2 grand fine for a paralegal is not a slap on the wrist.a section 43 order is a bit harsh. But that’s the SRA all over.

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Anonymous

Over egg =/= entire fabrication and fraud.

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Anonymous

In this case, there was no egg at all.

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Anonymous

“How many people overegg their qualifications?” Not very many considering how easy it is to be found out I imagine. I also imagine that practically no-one has done it to the extent that she has done, if you look at how many claims she’s made regarding her academic and employment qualifications. A pathological liar who has fraudulently gained employment and potentially exposed a firm’s clients to harm should not be allowed into the profession ever.

“A 2 grand fine is not a slap on the wrist” It is for a dishonesty offence of this level, especially when a s.43 order is not harsh enough.

There are too many sympathising snowflakes in LC nowadays, whatever happened to the likes of Trumpenkreig?

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Anonymous

I don’t see how you can over-egg your qualifications, you either have them or you don’t?

I can however understand people over-egging their experience and extra-curricular activities.

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Corbyn. Sympathiser

Bugger off, fascist.

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Mike Ross

If ur gonna lie about obtaining a fraudulent degree at least say Oxford, instead of Oxford Brookes – retard.

(114)(4)

Anonymous

Indeed

Go large or go home

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Anonymous

That’s what I said to your mum last night.

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Anonymous

I’m guessing that she simply went home then…

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Anonymous

Yup, she couldn’t handle the large 😉

Anonymark

Or maybe simply because you could have delivered the “large” only in several “small” instalments…

Anon

It is because she was actually at Brookes for the first 2 years. I was in her lectures – she even studied with me in the library during our final year even though she wasn’t partaking in the exams! The extent she had gone to continue this elaborate lie is quite astonishing.

What is even more puzzling is she shouted from the rooftops (and by rooftops I mean Twitter/FB) that she obtained a First Class degree and a Distinction in the Bar. Her tweet got over 3,000 retweets. You would think if you are going to lie about such a thing you would at least want to keep it under the radar. Evidently not – the narcissism was too strong.

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Anonymous

Anybody bragging about a “distinction” on the BPTC has to be treated with a good dollop of suspicion since it is graded Competent, Very Competent or Outstanding…

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Cariad

Did she actually get a degree elsewhere? Why was she studying but not taking exams? And did she do a bar course or degree at all?!

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Anon

She got a s43 order so needs permission to work at a law firm in any capacity and if she went on to obtain the right qualifications she would most likely never be admitted to the roll because she wouldn’t satisfy the character suitability requirements…

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Sherlock Holmes

WHAT’S GOING ON LEGAL CHEEK?
This article looks like a fake recycled post from 2017 about Hani Hussein using the same docs to get into Queen Mary Uni! Hmmm…

https://www.legalcheek.com/2017/03/student-used-fraudulent-documents-to-get-onto-queen-mary-llm/

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Anonymous

Are you dense? The SRA published its decision on this matter a few days ago. This is a report on their findings. It’s hardly recycled.

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Anonymous

Let me get this straight…

In 2017 she was already discovered to have used fake qualification documents to get into BPTC and then LLM at QMUL. She was named, shamed and all yet somehow she still managed to get a paralegal role and after the entire mystification was uncovered AGAIN she was only fined £2,000?!

After such an appalling record, it beggars belief as to why she has not been barred from entering legal profession and/or a place within the industry IN ANY ROLE in the first place.

She is clearly a massive fraud and should not be allowed to even stand a chance to practice law ever again.

C’mon, SRA, you had no sympathy for a whistleblower but are entirely happy to let this girl go with almost no consequences at all?

What a joke.

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Anonymous

Agree. What a shambles.

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Anonymous

Also, it’s clearly fraud in a criminal sense

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Anonymous

The whistleblower had spent two years defrauding clients.

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Anonymous

Silly woman to lie about her degree. Loads get away easily lying about having academic prizes, FRU experience, DofE Awards, journal articles or leadership positions at uni.

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Anonymous

Nope. Even these things are easily checkable now. A quick email to an old tutor will reveal if a candidate is swinging the lead or not.

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Anonymous

IIRC ‘to swing the lead’ means to malinger or shirk work.

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Anonymous

Well done, here’s a gold star.

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JBT

I thought it was related to the nautical process by which the depth of the sea was ascertained. A line with lead on the end would be swung into the water ahead of a ship and then as the ship caught up with the line, the length of the rope would tell you how deep the sea was. Hence, swinging the lead means to ‘have a punt and see what happens’ rather than to shirk.

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A non-knee mouse

She’s pretty much disbarred from the profession. A s.43 order may use the words ”permission from the regulator” but let’s be realistic, she’s done. This is one of the highest punishments the SRA can give. What more can they do to a paralegal that isn’t qualified?

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Anonymous

I’m eating a massive lunch and afterwards I will have a massive shit.

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

After giving the compensation for her punishment, will the regulator allow her to work in a law sector again or she needs to complete her law degree again with full fresh?

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Anonymous

What in the world are you trying to say?

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Anonymous

It’s clear what it means:

Is full fresh required after punishment compensation, or

Is full fresh not required after punishment compensation.

Jesus you guys are thick

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Anonymous

Lol. Ok, there buddy.

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Anonymous

What do you mean by “full fresh”?

Anonymous

A full fresh is the top qc of law degrees

Anonymous

Lmaooooo

Anonymous

“In a law sector”?

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Anonymous

Common sense would suggest that she wouldn’t be able to work in “a law sector” (LOL) regardless if whether she re-did her law degree “full fresh”.

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Anonymous

Isn’t lying about having a first class degree from Oxford Brookes pretty much the same as actually having a first class degree from Oxford Brookes?

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Anonymous

LOL first class from oxford brookes … is that even worth the paper it is written on?

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Anonymous

Or the arse that it is wiped on?

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Anonymous

True. A first from anywhere other than Oxbridge is a waste of time.

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Anonymous

How did the SRA have jurisdiction over this? She isn’t a solicitor or a member of the legal profession at all. Is it because she was a paralegal in a solicitors’ firm?

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Anonymill

The SRA’s golden fist of justice knows no unbreakable walls or insurmountable boundaries.

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Anonymous

Because the Bar Council couldn’t be bothered to deal with it so they gave it over.

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Saddam’s corpse

Hani is my long lost daughter!!!!

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Anonymous

Pain in the neck, Saddam?

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Anonymous

Why do the cocksuckers keep doing it?

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