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Lord Harley ‘takes legal action’ against the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal for refusing to hear his case in the North

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Another twist in long-running saga of controversial solicitor-advocate

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Lord Harley of Counsel has announced that he is taking legal action against the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) for failing to accommodate his disability.

The controversial solicitor-advocate — whose real name is Alan Blacker — is currently under investigation by the SDT for alleged breaches of the rules and regulations applicable to solicitors and their firms.

The full list of these allegations was revealed last month. They include recklessly misleading the court, and making or allowing to be made misleading statements about titles and qualifications.

But now there’s another twist in the tale: yesterday Harley announced on his infamous LinkedIn page that he is taking legal action against the SDT for hearing his case in London instead of Manchester, resulting in his non-attendance.

He says that he has served the SDT with pre-action documents. Referring to himself in the third person, he adds:

Lord Harley, a disabled lawyer who had served formal requests for a local hearing under the ‘reasonable adjustments’ provisions of the Equality Act 2010 was told this week the tribunal refused to deal with the application and rejected it outright.

The eccentric lawyer, who is based in Lancashire, goes on to claim that the SDT has disregarded the strict guidance published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission “without a second thought” by hearing the case in London. And he wants the High Court to compel the SDT to effectively come to him in the North of England.

The controversial lawyer — whose LinkedIn profile lists him as having studied at Trinity College, Manchester Metropolitan, Leeds Beckett, Kaplan Altior, University of California, University of North Carolina and Stanford University — seems determined to push on with his legal challenge, which he frames as part of a long-running battle he has fought “for disabled and people who are disadvantaged by poverty and social exclusion for over twenty years”.

He concludes by speculating that the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), which is responsible for bringing charges against him, could be deliberately seeking to prevent him appearing before the SDT:

If the SRA seek to prosecute me for these allegations, I would have thought they would have made the gallows as comfortable as possible for me; or it could just be as I suspect, they don’t want me to actually participate in these proceedings.

When contacted by Legal Cheek this morning, the SRA issued this statement:

The location of SDT hearings is entirely the decision of the tribunal. The tribunal is independent of the SRA.

68 Comments

Lord Harley of Council House

By “controversial” you mean “twat”.

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Not not not Not Amused

‘Controversial’ is an adjective, ‘twat’, a noun.

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Anonymous

I don’t think being a massive berk is a recognised disability.

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Anonymous

So, not taking legal action.

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Anonymous

Let the ridiculous comments commence!

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Ron

I think Alan is amazing, witty, intelligent and not bad on the eye either

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Lord Harley of Council House

Just threatening. Again

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Boh Dear

“I would have thought they would have made the gallows as comfortable as possible for me”

Surely as a Lord he is entitled to be beheaded?

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JDA

I think it used to be a silken rope that peers were ‘granted’ – but, of course, only real ones!

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Anonymous

To mangle Mark Twain, I’m a huge fan of Lord Harley. So much so I’m looking to obtain some of the rope as a keepsake.

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Proleperson

The leading light of civil and criminal law in England and Wales sticking it to the big regulator.

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A reader

Don’t you mean the ‘Mozart of the courtroom’?

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Not not not Not Amused

More Beethoven.

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Lord Harley

Is this the same disability that didn’t prevent Blacker from travelling to Carduff for two multi day trials?

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Lord Harley

Or indeed Cardiff – touch of the Blackers there.

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Anonymous

What this guy said.

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Harley watch

Or, indeed, as we are told by his LinkedIn profile, in what is said to be a testimonial by Kevin Martin, President of the Law Society of England and Wales: “A truly outstanding character who contributes a great deal to the legal community.”

Has anyone managed to check with Mr Martin whether he said this and if so when?

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Anonymous

stop referring to him as Lord Harley of Counsel

any basic understanding of the legal profession tells you that is not the correct title for him

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Lord Harley of Council House

It is called “taking the piss”.

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Anonymous

i was ranting at LC.

piss taking certainly appropriate

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Lord Harley of Council House

They call him by his bogus title to take the piss. We all know he is a fake.

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Anonymous

im sceptical
seems a little bit like covering arse on the 1:1,000,000,000,000 chance that its not all total balls

Harley watch

Yes, we do but LC would prefer to hedge its bets.

Anonymous

This should be the shortest hearing ever.

Judge: so you claim to be disabled?

Blacker: Yes.

Judge: And this disability prevents you from travelling to London for the hearing before the SDT?

Blacker: Yes

Judge: But you were perfectly capable, were you not, of travelling to Cardiff to conduct a case before HHJ Morgan?

Blacker: Yes, but…

Judge: Case dismissed.

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Lard Hurley

That’s all well and good but he now has brain damage from having his head kicked in by HJJ Morgan.

Have pity on him.

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Solicitors Disability Tribunal

Appeal allowed.

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Anonymous

He will travel for £118,000

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BrianDamage

The “reasonable adjustments” provisions in the 2010 Act don’t apply, because the Tribunal is exercising a judicial function. Apart from that – and the facts that he was OK to conduct two trials in Cardiff and didn’t answer the phone when the Tribunal rang him for the case management hearing – he has an unanswerable case.

In his statement, he says “the costs of holding the hearing in Manchester would be nominal given the SRA’s income from receipts”. This looks like a non-sequitur, unless he is suggesting that the Tribunal should sell tickets for the hearing. Biggest thing since the Roses at Spike Island?

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Anonymous

I’d buy tickets to that! But I understand anyone can attend an SDT tribunal to observe proceedings for free. How fantastic it will be to see Alan deliver on his quoted “I have prepared a full defence to the baseless allegations against me…”
whereever/whenever it happens. Fantasist & comedy solicitor Alan Backer appears to make it up as he goes along.

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Anonymous

i like the comment in his linkedin blog that a person doesn’t have to prove that they are disabled.

as a disability lawyer, he must have missed the first phase of every action where the court / tribunal assess whether the person is “disabled” by considering the evidence they advice to – er – prove they are disabled…

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The Real Lord Harley

£118,000 is a reasonable adjustment

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Cloughie

Hasn’t he done well for the son of a loom tattler from Rochdale ?

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Anonymous

We should remember that Alan Blacker is a solicitor admitted to the roll in 2010 and holds higher rights of audience awarded to him a few days later.

His record in the courts and his actions for his clients should be how we judge him but no one appears to mention that part of his work.

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Anonymous

bcos he’s never had a genuine client. if he makes a hash of his actual work, like he does with his own cases, its no surprise

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Anonymous

How did he get admitted without ever having been near a solicitors office ?

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Anonymous

Hi Alan, knew it wouldn’t take you long to pop up on this thread!

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Ron

It is surprising his court record is not lauded, it being on a par with Harold Shipman’s medical record.

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Harley watch

His most high-profile client is of course not available to comment on whether he thinks his advocate did a good job.

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the one that knows you

So can you explain how you can drive to Sheffield most weekends to your model train club.
2, How you can sit on that small train of yours for 2 hours at a time
3, drive round on the weekends you do not go to Sheffield, having your photo taken by steamy rob . Then post them on your facebook page
4, LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR REPLY BLACKER

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Proleperson

Hahaha, “Steamy Rob”.

Best thing I’ve ever seen on a comments page here.

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Anon

Here we go again:
Alan makes a silly statement.
Alan threatens legal action.
LC publicises Alan’s announcements
Commentators comment.
Alan does nothing.

I may be wrong, but I won’t go scanning the Manchester Court Listings too closely.

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Anonymous

Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t the Tribunal agree to a telephone hearing in order to accommodate him? The fact that he didn’t answer the phone is his own fault.

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An eye witness

Yes, it did. He failed to answer either number that he had given the Tribunal to contact him on, and there was no sign over the following two hours that he had picked up the message that was left on each number.

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John Smith

Baaaaaaaa

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Anon

This is where he learns what he should have learned in practice -that when a judge or panel want a particular outcome a well reasoned determination towards that outcome is forthcoming.

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Not not not Not Amused

Unless the advocate(s) persuades him or her into wanting something else.

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S

who cares?

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Lord Harley of Double Yellow Line

Did anyone see his appearance on ITV Parking Wars? Did he mention his disability then?

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John Smith

Well he had a disabled badge.

Wasn’t his mind. A bit like his title.

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Anonymous

I will personally pay £250 to rent him the nearest office space near his house for the hearing.

Will anybody else chip in? I can organise a just giving page.

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Anonymous (another)

Me too. But he’d only weasel out of it.

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