Stop-press – lawyer might have told the truth

One of the eagle-eyed  Advanced Certificate students studying public relations circulated this story, also covered in the

David Corker is a solicitor at  and a regular lecturer for the LCCSA. The 2004 Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession described him having a “pedigree which stands out by itself”. The 2005 edition as “tremendously bright”, the 2006 edition as “a business crime legend” and the 2007 edition as “having made a massive academic contribution due to his involvement on the lecture circuit”. Colleagues have described him as ‘a complete wanker’.

A quick scan of the company website indicates Mr Corker is something of a self-publicist, but he doesn’t seem to have managed his personal reputation within the company – or found the time to proof read his biography.

Apparently this statement was in a biography sent to the , and was included in a pamphlet sent to 1,000 lawyers to publicise a seminar as well as being on its website for two days.

The Times reported that although Mr Corker did not return the journalist’s calls – this addition to his CV was “a marketing triumph”.  As the confirms, the lecture was a sell-out.

It just goes to prove that being open and honest is a good public relations strategy – although most likely audiences are intrigued to see if the statement is true.  I’ve yet to find anything confirming or denying this – so if you know Mr Corker…

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Heather Yaxley PhD

Dr. Heather Yaxley is passionate about sustainable careers, reflective practice and professional development. I am a rhizomatic educator, practitioner, consultant, academic and scholar. As a qualified academic, I teach the CIPR professional qualifications with PR Academy and have experience teaching at various Universities. I run the Motor Industry Public Affairs Association (MIPAA) and my own strategic consultancy. I was awarded by PhD researching Career Strategies in Public Relations by Bournemouth University in 2017. I'm a published author, with books, chapters and academic papers to my name.

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