THOSE who want to trade dull jobs for days of legal drama in the High Court, but can't be bothered with the tiresome business of legal qualifications, can take heart. A man with no legal qualifications, claiming to be from chambers that don't exist, has managed to sit as a barrister in a complex High Court fraud hearing. This remarkable feat, was achieved in early August but revealed only last week, when the man's client came up for a bail hearing in the District Court. Judge Beeson was told the Crown was demanding the man's bail be extended partly because of an 'incident' that happened in the High Court with a 'non-existent' lawyer. The name of the accused man, a Nigerian national, cannot be revealed for legal reasons. The court was told a Nigerian man claiming to be a barrister had turned up to a hearing in chambers to freeze the man's assets, before Mr Justice Sears. But subsequent checks revealed 'the alleged barrister representing him was non-existent at the Nigerian Bar' according to the Crown lawyer. Not only was the man not a barrister, but the Lagos chambers he claimed to represent turned out not to exist either. The judge was handed a document outlining details but no further details were given in court. The accused man's own lawyers did not deny the allegation and he was not given bail. A judiciary spokesman said: 'The procedures for hearing overseas barristers remain unchanged. 'There is no question of their being heard unless they are formally admitted.'