A lawyer has compared himself to James Bond and posted photos of himself doing the splits in an admirable/alarming attempt at self-promotion.

Altaf Hussain, who is the chairman of Birmingham firm Addison Aaron, bills himself on LinkedIn as "International Lawyer 2015". He clarifies a little further down his profile that he was shortlisted for the award by the Birmingham Law Society. According to his firm profile the 4PQE  lawyer is already a "fearsome" litigator with "unrivalled confidence". It also describes him as a "meticulous case preparer" with "a glittering record in winning impossible cases"  who has a "sharp focus and an adaptive intellect", a "unique winning mentality & superior motivation" and has "investigated, argued and won 90% of cases to date".

Back on LinkedIn, Hussain has exploited the potential of a tux:

It is not clear why having a golden eyeball, or watching people being killed, makes Hussain a desirable lawyer. Or refusing chemo and employing double negatives. But he does have fans, such as "TAZ", an artist and singer from "Stereo Nation" who recommends Hussain on the basis that he "is an amazing person as well as s [sic] true professional who works to perfection. He leaves NO STONE un-turned".

Other solicitors should note that even minor achievements are opportunities to #sellthebrand, as illustrated by Hussain's frequent updates.


     'Exclusive: iPhone app snaps thief and emails picture to owner'

    Small lawyer, big racket

    Er...we'll pass thanks 

    Small mercies 

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Anonymous 21 October 16 10:42

I've seen similar behaviour at regional firms. Freeths, for instance, is full of people celebrating doing everyday work as if they have achieved hyper success. Seems unfair to single this chap out.

Anonymous 21 October 16 14:28

Won 90% of cases? Seeing as only c. 5% of civil cases settle and never see a trial, that suggests that he's a rubbish negotiator.

Anonymous 21 October 16 14:53

Bit harsh to mock this guy so publically. A lawyer with a massive ego, a bit of tongue-in-cheek self promotion... where's the story/issue? Leave him be.

I realise the inconsistency of my above statement with the fact that I love mug shots at the end of the year - looking forward to that again!

Anonymous 21 October 16 15:56

This one feels a bit mean.

Anonymous 24 October 16 11:37

More Alan Partridge than James Bond.

Anonymous 24 October 16 12:21

seems like a nice enough guy

Anonymous 25 October 16 14:40

56 people on LinkedIn "liked" his nonsense. Further proof that LinkedIn has been hijacked by morons.

Anonymous 26 October 16 17:50

You've got to laugh. Right?

Anonymous 02 December 16 18:59

I've already sent an SRA report form. Firm/Lawyer of the year, yeh sure. . .