Lawyer banned for five years after "breathtaking lies"
25 May 2012
A Melbourne lawyer has been banned from practising until 2017 after being found guilty of lying on a job application and working as a lawyer without a valid practising certificate.
It has been a bad week for the evocatively-named Mark Spicehandler who was reprimanded by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal for a "string of blatant, breathtaking lies
". Back in 2010, Spicehandler applied for a senior solicitor position at the Office of Public Prosecutions. According to his CV, he'd spent the previous six years working at a logistics company.
||Another breathtaking liar yesterday
Only Spicehandler hadn't. Instead he'd flitted between five different law firms between 2004 and 2010, according to a New Lawyer report
. And to make matters worse, he hadn't had a valid practising certificate since 2008.
The LSC brought three charges against Spicehandler in relation to his CV, working without a practising certificate and failing to disclose that he had been charged with an offence. And VCAT found against him, banning him from applying for a practising certificate for five years and ordering him to pay LSC's costs of $5,935.90. The tribunal slammed Spicehandler's conduct as "completely inconsistent with the legal practitioner's duty of honesty and candour