The chief executive of a legal firm who stepped down
after an internal investigation into his qualifications has
admitted he does not have a law degree as claimed.
Michael Vukcevic left Auckland firm Baldwins, which
specialises in intellectual property law, for "personal
reasons" in November.
A New Zealand Herald investigation revealed that Mr Vukcevic
does not have a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) as stated on the
curriculum vitae he submitted for the job two years earlier.
This afternoon he released a statement which confirmed he
does not hold a LLB "from any University in New Zealand and
have never worked in a legal role".
"I did complete some papers towards a law degree at Victoria
University but never completed the degree. I completed a
Bachelor of Arts.
"I did not seek to mislead Baldwins in my CV for the role. 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.
"Equally, I have never been held out as a lawyer in any
website profile with the Middle East Business Council, any
previous roles or on my LinkedIn profile or any business
Mr Vukcevic said he would make no further comment on his
private employment matters.
The statement does not explain how or why his CV submitted to
a recruitment company states he obtained the law degree.