Law degree in CV was false

Last updated 07:22 27/02/2014

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The former chief executive who got the top job at an Auckland law firm with a CV that falsely stated he had a law degree has admitted the claim was wrong.

Michael Vukcevic admitted yesterday that his claim to have a law degree from Victoria University was false, but said he did not seek to mislead the firm.

The CV was used when he applied for and won the top job at Baldwins - a trans-Tasman law and intellectual property firm.

Yesterday The Dominion Post reported another false statement in the CV - that Mr Vukcevic was a director of a recruitment firm he worked for.

Mr Vukcevic broke his silence yesterday afternoon, admitting he had no legal qualifications from any university.

He said he stood down from the firm in November, citing personal reasons.

He did complete some law papers at Victoria, and completed a bachelor of arts. "I did not seek to mislead Baldwins in my CV for the role," he said.

His appointment as Baldwins' chief executive did not involve legal work, and the firm had never held him out to be a lawyer or patent attorney.

Nor had he claimed to be a lawyer in his role as chairman of the Middle East Business Council - a group of businesses that aim to promote trade with the Middle East.

Mr Vukcevic has not responded to repeated requests for an explanation on how the false statement about the law degree was on his CV.

He said he would be making no further comment.

In his work for the Middle East Business Council, he has close contact with Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade officials.

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said he and the ministry had no knowledge of the false CV, but the council was a private organisation.

The ministry had a good relationship with the council, he said.

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- The Dominion Post

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