Barclay Littlewood

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Barclay Littlewood
Born (1978-05-11) 11 May 1978 (age 39)
Huddersfield, England
Residence London, England
Nationality British
Occupation Founder of Ukessays.com
Years active 1994–present
Net worth £7 million (2008)[1]

Barclay James Littlewood[2] (born 1978 in Huddersfield[2]) is a British entrepreneur who founded Ukessays.com, a commercial writing service which sells essays and other academic work. The work is sold over the internet to students in the UK, the US and Western Europe. Despite criticism about the fact that students represent the work as their own, the company maintains copyright in all their work and they claim that the essays they sell are to be used as a study guide.[3]

After training as a barrister at Gray's Inn, Littlewood set up his company in 2003,[4] based in Arnold, Nottinghamshire.[5]

The sale of academic work by Littlewood's and other companies has proved controversial and there have been frequent accusations in the media, especially from universities, that Littlewood's businesses encourage plagiarism.[6][7] Littlewood claims that the essays are sold to aid students with their research.[5]

Littlewood claims to have discovered a scientific way to God.[8] He offers his method for free on his website and also charges up to £6,000 a day for his services.[9] He also works as a business consultant to large businesses under the name Business Bliss.[10]

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  1. ^ Sunday Times rich list
  2. ^ a b GRO Index of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1837 – 1983
  3. ^ Sanghera, Sathnam (2007-07-16). "Want to know how to get rich? Me too". The Times. London. Retrieved 2008-01-18. 
  4. ^ "About UKEssays". ukessays.com. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  5. ^ a b "Essays company denies wrongdoing". BBC Online. BBC. 2006-08-01. Retrieved 2008-01-18. 
  6. ^ "Press-Up National Archive". University of Nottingham. Archived from the original on 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2008-01-18. 
  7. ^ Taylor, Matthew; Butt, Riazat (2006-07-29). "Q: How do you make £1.6m a year and drive a Ferrari? A: Sell essays for £400". The Guardian. Guardian Unlimited. Archived from the original on 27 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-18. 
  8. ^ Barclay Littlewood website - http://www.barclaylittlewood.com Retrieved 2014-11-30
  9. ^ Legal Cheek Article 2014-06-24 http://www.legalcheek.com/2013/06/non-practising-barrister-behind-controversial-essay-writing-company-rebrands-as-self-help-guru
  10. ^ Business Bliss http://www.business-bliss.com Retrieved 2015-02-18

The Sunday Times Rich List 2008