Trainee who faked degree and LPC certificates is barred from profession

A trainee solicitor who was found to have faked his degree and LPC has been barred from the profession by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

Sanjeeva Camillus was formerly a trainee at London firm William Sturges. He started work in March 2013 before being suspended when the firm realised he had falsified his qualifications.

Today, the SRA released its decision on Camillus, saying that he had deliberately misled both it and his former employer. He is now subject to Section 43, which bans him from practising as a solicitor or being employed by or affiliated with a law firm.

Camillus’ LinkedIn page lists him as a trainee at William Sturges and a former student at London South Bank University.

William Sturges had not responded to a request for comment at the time of writing.

Stories of lawyers faking their qualifications emerge from time to time. In 2013, a top litigator, Tom O’Riordan, quit Paul Hastings after it emerged he had falsified degrees from Harvard and Oxford.