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Solicitor-advocate who judge slammed for dressing ‘like something out of Harry Potter’ expresses shock at ‘unwarranted attack’

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Speaking exclusively to Legal Cheek, Alan Blacker — who also goes by the title Lord Harley — hits back at Crown Court judge who questioned his appearance, title and qualifications

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Yesterday evening news broke of a solicitor-advocate who had been reprimanded for dressing “like something out of Harry Potter” while appearing in Cardiff Crown Court.

According to Wales Online, judge David Wynn Morgan demanded to know why solicitor-advocate Alan Blacker (pictured) — who was appearing under what he describes as his hereditary aristocratic title of Lord Harley of Counsel — was wearing colourful ribbons and badges on his gown.

Lord Harley, who was representing a client charged with death by dangerous driving, responded by explaining that he had earned the ribbons for voluntarily medical service with the St John Ambulance. To which the judge thundered:

“Here in South Wales, we had a barrister, who later became a judge, who, during the Battle of Normandy, was awarded the highest order of gallantry, the Victoria Cross. Did you ever see him wearing that medal? No. He would have considered it the height of vulgarity.”

He continued:

“I did not raise any of these matters before this court during the trial because I am mindful of the fact that a young man has died and I did not want to interfere with the dignity of the proceedings, but if you ever appear looking like something out of Harry Potter, you can forget coming before this court ever again.”

Judge Wynn Morgan also questioned Lord Harley’s title and qualifications, according to Wales Online.

This morning Legal Cheek contacted Lord Harley, who told us that he was “shocked, appalled and very upset about this unwarranted attack which says nothing about my performance as a lawyer,” emphasising that he has not been criticised in any respect about his professional abilities.

The solicitor, who works from Christine Sharp & Co Solicitors in Lancashire, added:

“Last year when I won a trial in which Your Honour was the presiding judge he was confident and satisfied in my appearance and bona fides, which have been on public record for several years. This matter is being discussed with my lawyers currently.”

Of the unusual title he uses, Lord Harley explained:

“My title is hereditary. My family has been in the height of public life for over 700 years.”

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239 Comments

SIR FRED

ANN ANON found 27 comments about a lord Dyson saying about QASA AND sue pipe was the last one to comment as I type this . as I have said before I am a thicko thank you

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Anon

Thanks Sir Fred, staying on top of that page

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Officious Bystander

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Anon

Different man.

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Anon

Difficult to say the pictures old, doe not help as he has a cap on

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Rev Prof Dr Rt Hon Dame Susan Regina Pipe LLM (Hons) MA (Hons)

Wouldnt it be great if that was AW.

Senior Officer Wojcicki and Colonel Blacker could have swapped war experiences 🙂

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Anon

Can’t wait for the next Google Earth satellite images of Carrick Blacker House, Rochdale. There will be a patch of burned grass where the wig, robes, extraneous medals, dodgy degree certificates, etc., will all have met their end in a veritable Bonfire of the Vanities.

– Wheeltapper

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Rev Prof Dr Rt Hon Dame Susan Regina Pipe LLM (Hons) MA (Hons)

Blacker now avoiding Gazette website 🙂

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Anon

Yes noted, he went quiet after the posts from you and OB-very impressed by them

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Rev Prof Dr Rt Hon Dame Susan Regina Pipe LLM (Hons) MA (Hons)

Poor old OB has now been largely deleted 🙁

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Officious Bystander

Deleted on the Gazette site? I think I can handle that. That publication is so poor that it is a back-handed compliment to have one’s postings deleted. They leave drivel postings intact, but delete literate ones which they don’t like.

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SIR FRED

still can only see 26 comments on the law gazette sue pip was the last person at 9.32 am this morning is that correct thanks from thicko

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Anon

Yes Sir Fred, only 26 comments there now.

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Anon

Any idea when is the date of the next Court Leet?

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Not a real doctor

LSG had 32 posts, then 27, now 26. Incredible shrinking thread!

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Officious Bystander

If it sits on quarter days, the next one (after Christmas Day) would be Lady Day (25 March).

By the way, Pipe, I emailed the editor of Legal Cheek to ask him whether he could pass me your contact details. Purely for academic purposes, of course.

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Rev Prof Dr Rt Hon Dame Sue R Pipe LLM (Hons) MA (Hons)

Take things slowly OB. Start with suerpipe.

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Rev Prof Dr Rt Hon Dame Sue R Pipe LLM (Hons) MA (Hons)

Just seen it OB. Told him yes.

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SIR FRED

thank you all posters for your replys of 26 just may be I am not thick but I think I am

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Another Anon

Sir Fred, thick you are not sir, with your history with AB you have bought much to these discussions.

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SIR FRED

ANOTHER ANON thank you but I do feel out of my depth when most of the posters on here are solicitors .
I wise I could bring more, but do not wish to put to much on here about him
if any posters live in Yorkshire /Lancashire and would like to meet me because I can talk far better than I can write

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Rev Prof Dr Rt Hon Dame Sue R Pipe LLM (Hons) MA (Hons)

Typical.

I leave you on your own for an evening and you are struck down with silence.

Lets be having you.

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Officious Bystander

The other thread has mysteriously reopened.

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Rev Prof Dr Rt Hon Dame Sue R Pipe LLM (Hons) MA (Hons)

I tweeted them and asked why they had closed it but got no reply.

Must be the old Pipe magic. Or there is a more sensible explanation.

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Another Anon

Silence?

I have been practicing with the “Operation” game, if I can get a steady enough hand I am going to qualify myself as a Dr, a surgeon no less.

Problem is, the buzzer keeps going off, then the patients nose lights up!

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Rev Prof Dr Rt Hon Dame Sue R Pipe LLM (Hons) MA (Hons)

Have a few drinks Anon and it will be easy.

Alternatively you could sew a few poxy swimming medals on your operating gown and you will magically become a senior consultant, internationally renowed in a world class hospital. Bullshit ©A Blacker

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Rev Prof Dr Rt Hon Dame Sue R Pipe LLM (Hons) MA (Hons)

Now Sir Fred, dont put yourself down.

As has already been said, you have contributed a lot to the discussion.

Being a solicitor is a job. It doesnt make someone a better person. As you know from Blacker, it has made him much worse as a person.

If i was asked who i think is the better, more honest, more trustworthy and more reliable person in a choice between you and Blacker, i would choose you every time.

Dont be afraid of him. He is an insignificant little runt.

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SIR FRED

SUE I am not afraid of him. its you people who I was feeling uneasy with I was reading every post for 2 weeks before I signed up. I know I am more trustworthy and honest etc then A.B but thank you all the same

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Rev Prof Dr Rt Hon Dame Sue R Pipe LLM (Hons) MA (Hons)

He is hiding Fred, you arent.

Says a lot about him.

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SIR FRED

ANY ONE central funds was been talked about on the 7/10 can that be looked into please

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Rev Prof Dr Rt Hon Dame Susan Regina Pipe LLM (Hons) MA (Hons)

I have made the request Sir Fred.

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SIR FRED

right do not understand about central funds being a bin man LOL but could something like that make the S.R.A. sit up. and be his big down fall very brief reply please from any one

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Rev Prof Dr Rt Hon Dame Susan Regina Pipe LLM (Hons) MA (Hons)

He could have problems with the SRA if he has been claiming fees but has not been approved by the SRA and does not have insurance.

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Anon C

I suspect he has via “Dr Blacker and Co”

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SIR FRED

thank you another question what if you posted some of your findings o b and cliff on the law gazette web site would that it to more solicitors that would make them sit up and take note that maybe are not aware of this blog

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Rev Prof Dr Rt Hon Dame Susan Regina Pipe LLM (Hons) MA (Hons)

I doubt it Fred.

The Gazette is little more than a comic.

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Officious Bystander

And a very unfunny one at that.

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Officious Bystander

Leaving aside all that, I’m intrigued to hear his explanation for the Trinity College, Oxford, statement.

On an unrelated matter, I see that a councillor named Terry Wilkins recently resigned after wrongly claiming to be an MBE. His explanation was that he had been hoaxed into believing that he had one. He also claimed an Open University degree, which he did not have. His explanation for that was “I had been playing a game against another person This person is jealous and I want to embarrass him. I am completely innocent.”

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Rev Prof Dr Rt Hon Dame Susan Regina Pipe LLM (Hons) MA (Hons)

That’s why I don’t claim the MBE OB(not E).

Could get into bother for that but Blacker has shown that all my bogus titles and qualifications are ok. They haven’t booted him out of the profession for it so they can’t boot me out.

Anyway I only use them on here and everyone knows I am ridiculing the Fake Lord.

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Rev Prof Dr Rt Hon Dame Susan Regina Pipe LLM (Hons) MA (Hons)

OB I am beginning to suspect that you graduated from Trinity College, Oxford.

True or false ?

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Officious Bystander

You have to marvel at Mr Wilkins’ excuse: I was hoaxed into believing that I had an MBE. Staggering.

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Officious Bystander

“The fact that this hoax has gone on for 19 years has come as a huge shock, ” said Mr Wilkins.

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Officious Bystander

“I am devastated, but in a way I am relieved because it takes a lot of pressure off me at certain functions.”

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Officious Bystander

False. Only one word of it would be accurate.

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Rev Prof Dr Rt Hon Dame Susan Regina Pipe LLM (Hons) MA (Hons)

That must be college OB.

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Officious Bystander

Nope.

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Officious Bystander

If you tried hard enough, do you think you could hoax yourself into believing that you really are a Rev Prof Dame?

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Rev Prof Dr Rt Hon Dame Susan Regina Pipe LLM (Hons) MA (Hons)

Not even in my darkest moments OB

Can you imagine the weight of expectation of trying to live up to that lot.

Life would be so boring.

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Officious Bystander

It would be a weight off your shoulders to find out that you did not have all those honours, much as it was to Mr Wilkins when he found at that he did not have the MBE which he had been claiming for 19 years.

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Rev Prof Dr Rt Hon Dame Susan Regina Pipe LLM (Hons) MA (Hons)

Sounds like he shops at the same dodgy awards shop as Blacker.

The mind boggles at how Wilkins thought he was suddenly entitled to call himself MBE without any official notification.

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Officious Bystander

Ah, but some malicious special constable tricked him into believing he had been awarded an MBE. It all makes perfect sense.

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Rev Prof Dr Rt Hon Dame Susan Regina Pipe LLM (Hons) MA (Hons)

About as much sense as The Tale of The Lord Harley by Beatrix Potter, catalogued as children’s fiction.

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Officious Bystander

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Officious Bystander

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Scrapped Fiat (used to be FJ)

Are we going to chat here or on the other thread? For some reason, the site still won’t let me post using my former handle (Fiat Justitia (hatchback version)).

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Officious Bystander

Use the other one. Good to see people moaning on the Gazette site (“ABS waivers…”) about their posts being deleted.

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robdave2k

The Lexus post made it!

I was wondering who the hell John Steed was –

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robdave2k

Rev Prof Dr Rt Hon Dame Susan Regina Pipe LLM (Hons) MA (Hons)

If you want to get in touch with me I have a few bits!

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Officious Bystander

You can do her tax return.

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