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Law firm chief executive lacked law degree


A former chief executive of an intellectual property law firm in New Zealand has admitted he never earned the law degree reportedly included on the curriculum vitae he submitted to apply for the position at Baldwins in 2011.

However, Michael Vukcevic says he never meant to mislead anyone and has never claimed to be qualified to practice as a lawyer, reports the New Zealand Herald. He said he did work toward a law degree at Victoria University but never completed the program.

“I did not seek to mislead Baldwins in my CV for the role,” said Vukcevic in a written statement provided to the newspaper. “My appointment as chief executive officer of Baldwins did not involve legal work and Baldwins did not hold me out as a qualified lawyer or patent attorney on their website.”

He resigned from the firm for personal reasons last year.

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