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Eccentric solicitor Lord Harley has today been booted out of the legal profession.

Lord Harley — whose real name is Alan Blacker — was given his marching orders by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) this afternoon, at the conclusion of a two day hearing in London.

The SDT found that the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) had proven seven out of eight charges against Blacker, including dishonesty. One charge in relation to misleading Judge Wynn Morgan — who Blacker had an in court dust-up with back in 2014 — was not proven.

The remaining seven charges related to Blacker’s failure to comply with the regulations relating to insurance and accounts, and making “inaccurate and misleading” statements regarding his academic qualifications and professional memberships.

At day two of the hearing the tribunal heard evidence from Blacker in the form of written defence statement.

The colourful solicitor-advocate claimed that he was exempt from the rules relating to accounts and insurance due to his status as an in-house lawyer for his charitable organisation the Armed Forces Legal Advocacy Services (JAFLAS).

Bizarrely, Blacker would not provide documents to support his argument, claiming that all bills were currently with a costs draftsman — and were subject to privilege regardless — and copies of client care letters could not be produced as this was an “extravagant use of paper”.

Edward Levey, from Fountain Court Chambers and representing the SRA, urged the tribunal to take caution and suggested Blacker “makes things up”.

It was the SRA’s case that Blacker was in fact undertaking private paid for work and handling client money, and therefore was required to have insurance and maintain appropriate accounts.

The SDT heard evidence that Blacker was attempting to bill his time out at £454 an hour for criminal work in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal. Continuing, Levey said that Blacker was “charging large amounts of money to appear on their behalf”.

Blacker also attempted to defend his vast number of academic achievements and professional memberships that appear on his now famous LinkedIn page.

Often referring to himself as Doctor Alan Blacker, he told the SDT that it would be “wholly inappropriate” to go into detail about how he had obtained the title. He maintained that all of his academics had been “independently verified” and all examinations that he undertook were moderated by an invigilator and were “double blind marked”.

Blacker was unwilling to provide copies of examination certificates and would only provide a private note to the tribunal directly regarding the identities of lecturers. With the SDT confirming they had not received any note, Levey branded Blacker’s defence “make-believe”.

Branding the entire process a “witch hunt”, Blacker has today been struck off the roll of solicitors and ordered to pay costs of £86,000. Blacker has 21 days to appeal.

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73 Comments

Anonymous

You’ll miss him when he’s gone….

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Harley Watcher

How will I spend my hours now?

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Anonymous

Bye bye Alan, you fat, lying twat.

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Anonymous

Oh!!!!!

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Tim

Maybe he could become a wrestler now?

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Diogenes

So, it’s official: Alan Blacker is a supremely dodgy liar.

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Anonymous

Well done to all those who helped in bringing this clown down.

Lawbytes peeps, take a bow.

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Harley Watcher

So, Just A Right Dishonourable Berk Without A Peerage. It’s Over And He’s Out.

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Proudboobs

I’ll be most disappointed if this clown show is turned into a movie and he makes some real money out of it.

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Anonymous

In all seriousness, isn’t there a possibility that he is ill? The public should be protected, he has made a number of untrue claims and the High Court case identified that his submissions were removed from reality, but there is a risk that we are laughing over what could be a sad situation.

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Anonymous

I agree. I feel really uncomfortable with this bullying. I only hope he doesn’t throw himself in front of a train tomorrow – he’s clearly not right and this gloating is cruel and unnecessary.

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Anonymous

Reporting on a hearing hardly constitutes bullying.

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Chris

My personal belief is that he probably has undiagnosed Narcissistic Personality Disorder which is an illness and can be treated. Now his Universe has imploded & he has become a public laughing stock, suicide is an all-too-realistic scenario.

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Anonymous

Narcissistic Personality Disorder is a personality disorder not an illness. Blacker has been busted several times before and always bounced back in a more fantastical guise. He is an unthinking bully and needs to be shown the disasters he causes.

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Annoymous

Well said. Some nasty bastards on this site.

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Lynne Brosnan

Very true. I can’t understand how it has gone on for so long.

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The_Voice_of_Reason

He may well have a personality disorder, which is not generally amenable to medical treatment. His behaviour throughout the period since proceedings commenced has been bizarre, but not in any manner that would engender sympathy.

Most sensible professionals, facing severe sanction from a regulator, would either offer cooperation or produce evidence verifying that the complaints were ill-founded. There are some who try to ignore the severity of the situation until it is beyond salvaging. Very few respond with insults and bombast, and those who do inevitably demonstrate their unfitness to practise to an appropriate level. Where an individual seeks to evade responsibility by preposterous lying ( while acting as a lawyer I injured my lung performing CPR on a client for sixty minutes but I’m not telling you in which court I performed these heroics), then my sympathy disappears.

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P

Working for another regulator – unless he engages in a health review there is very little the SRA can do about it. He probably is ill but has no insight at all.

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Anonymous

Alan Blacker has used his fake titles and qualifications as a way of intimidating and bullying people for over 20 years. There is no evidence of mental illness and lots of evidence of him being a nasty, lying piece of work.

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Anonymous

Credit to the Lawbytes folks. Doubt this would have been pursued by the SRA without their efforts.

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Anonymous

There were certainly some good investigative skills made by researcher from Lawbytes, but I doubt this influenced the SRA investigation.

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Anonymous

Good. He was bringing the profession into disrepute.

The costs order was a waste of time though. Blacker has no assets and therefore it will never be recovered.

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Anonymous

he has a bunch of valuable miniature steam trains does he not?

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Harley Watcher

The SRA had better head over to Abbeydale Miniature Railway

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Anonymous

Or It would be a bridge too far to take away his medals…

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Anon

Well there’s a turn up! Felt sure old Alan would trounce ’em, flourishing his credentials at the last moment. Turns out he was a charlatan all along. Just goes to show that you shouldn’t believe everything you read on the internet.

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Matthew Ward

Next step for “Lord Harley”….. Celebrity Big Brother!

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Anonymous

I’m surprised no one has suggested that he ought to get checked out by a psychiatrist. I don’t mean this in a crass way, but he most likely has something wrong up there.

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Lord Harley of Council

Time for me to carry on doing exactly what I was doing before as a Mackenzie friend instead. No need for insurance, money handling regulations or qualifications and the Legal Services Board won’t do anything about it because it would affect competition!

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Harley Watcher

He has tweeted that he will be appealing.

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Anonymous

how could he possibly be more appealing than he is already??

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Harley Watcher

I think he means he will be peeling off his robe.

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Anonymous

might have to attend for that!

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Wagg

No, it’s painted on.

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The Real Earl of Dublin

He is appealing to the Privy Court in Rochdale, the only court where he will get a fair hearing. The ground of appeal is that it is a tragedy that such a talented person has been struck from the roll, it being self-evident that the SDT members who found against him are a bunch of ignorant cretins who would not recognize a legal luminary if he jumped up and punched them in the face …

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sosr

He can appeal to the Punjab Supreme Court, of which he is a member, in Punjabi, which he can speak to a native level of of proficiency.

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Anonymous

Could be worse, he could have assaulted his other half as per James Allen QC in Leeds.

Who WASN’T struck off.

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Blexit

He was never really “in” the profession, given that he obviously misrepresented his qualifications in order to gain admission.

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Harley Globetrotter

His Royal Highness the Very Lord Professor and Marvel of our Time Blankety-Blacker has demonstrated precisely how super clever and masterful (and worth £454ph) he truly is by absolutely trouncing the allegation that he misled Judge Morgan without even turning up at the hearing. That’s how magic his advocacy is.

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Quo Vadis

Lord Harley has been booted out of the profession for being a rubbish lawyer, but is still deemed fit to represent himself at the hearing at which he is booted out. How can that be fair? I would also question the need for the Solicitors Regulation Authority to instruct such fantastically able and expensive counsel for what is quite a humdrum case of professional misconduct – particularly given that the noble Lord is now expected to pay the bill!

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Statdemand

There was no need to instruct counsel for a case where the respondent was not even going to show up. It will be the profession, not Lord Harley, who bears the costs burden.

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KellyGirl

He could apply for the job of Chair of the Legal Services Consumer Panel. It’s ideal for him – and only open to non-lawyers.

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An ignorant cretin

He doesn’t need to: he starts his new position on Monday as a full-time judge of the Privy Arbital Court in Rochdale. There is a backlog of cases to be tried and JAFLAS is offering to provide cheap representation for parties who cant afford representation by a real lawyer. They have a qualified lawyer who will take cases for 4.54 an hour – apparently the 454 was a typo …

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Anonymous

He’ll be campaigning for Brexit next with the other fantasists

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Not Amused

And who will now investigate the SRA?

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Anonymous

The best comment you have ever made Not Amused.

But why just the SRA ? He conned Ilex.

Blacker has never worked for a proper firm. He has lied about his experience to get past both Ilex and then the SRA.

Both organisations should explain how he conned them and got himself on the roll.

And we should be told who signed his certificates of suitability etc. They should be booted out of the profession too.

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Anonymous

Totally agree. There will always be charlatans and oddballs trying to play the system, but it appears that both the SRA and Ilex failed to perform even the most basic checks. Who knows how many people have been adversely affected as a consequence of those failures.

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Anonymous

Why don’t you investigate it, NotAmused? Others have tried and encountered brick walls.

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Anonymous

Pathetic. Hope he is publicly mocked. The appeal will be thrown out as it needs him to turn up and present a case. The moron had a chance to present EVIDENCE but instead gave a witness statement lacking a statement of truth. Mug.

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Anonymous

A clueless mug.

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Anonymous

I very much doubt he’s actually appealed. His usual MO is to just assert publicly that legal proceedings have commenced (in the full knowledge that no court/tribunal will bother to contradict him) and then let the publicity just fade away with that being the last word on it (thereby, in his mind at least, undermining what went before in the story as it’s all “under appeal” and so not yet final and you can’t believe it as a result)

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Anonymous

[I’ll try this again but expect it to be moderated….]
Alan Blacker is a fantasist with the classic traits: ever more grand claims, always ‘one-upping’ in any situation, when pressed claims ill health in a pathetic, ‘leave me alone to pretend what I like, I’m poorly…” See the reports from the SDT it’s as horrendous as it is fascinating.

But the SRA let him be a proper solicitor with a practicing certificate and everything. They even gave him high rights for f*** sake! A fantasist ultimate dream come true, A fantasist with a practicing certificate! How did this happen?

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Anonymous

I don’t know whether he is referring to the same incident, but he was at Bury County Court a year ago when a man suffered a cardiac arrest, and he was apparently giving First Aid. I didn’t see any signs of lung injury.

The man was not his client. Blacker was there in his personal capacity challenging somebody’s will, his mother’s if I recall correctly my conversation with counsel for the estate.

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Diogenes

If only he hadn’t taken his medals and ribbons to Cardiff, he’d presumably still be merrily and peacefully Walting about.

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Anonymous

The mobs also bayed for Christ’s blood.

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PonchoPilot

Are you comparing Alan Blacker to Jesus Christ?

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Anonymous

It’s only a matter of time before Blacker does, in any case.

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Anonymous

I think he just did in the comment above! Clearly an AB response.

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Anonymous

Not sure how one would see a lung injury?

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anon

Im just going to say this directly – seems like blacker is guy who is on edge with mental health issues.

The SDT has done its job according to the correct process, and its done now. Legal cheek comments section is not a place to goad him or delight in the downfall of a seemingly troubled man / man with a questionable mental state.

seriously legal cheek – as a matter of responsible journalism, you need to consider closing off the comments section on all blacker articles especially as you know he reads them and responds / engages with comments ….. These things may push blacker…Please think about this

I’m taking a screen shot of my published comment to show that a request to close off comments sections has been made.

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The_Voice_Of_Reason

I’m sorry but I cannot agree. As i said earlier “He may well have a personality disorder, which is not generally amenable to medical treatment. His behaviour throughout the period since proceedings commenced has been bizarre, but not in any manner that would engender sympathy.”

Yes, the comments on here might “push” him, but he has reacted throughout the whole disciplinary progress by hurling childish abuse at those whom he sees as his inferiors. Little over 24 hours ago he was calling the SDT a “marsupial court” and referring to the writer of the “Gazette” article as a “tosser”, which is an improvement on calling a journalist “pre-pubescent” I suppose.

There seems little sign that he has been broken by the decision today; if his health was as poor as he claims why did he decline more than one request to produce a medical report?

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Anonymous

Anon i take your point, but i am someone who has known this man for many years
he is just a nasty piece of work. If he does not get his way he says he will have you arrested .

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Anonymous

Calm down anon, legalcheek doesn’t owe a duty of care to Blacker if he does himself in.

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Anonymous

All the amateur psychiatrists wading in.

What you don’t appreciate is that Blacker is nasty bully. He has left a trail of devastation in his wake.

Whether you like it or not there are a lot of people who are glad he has got his comeuppance.

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Charleytan

But Blacker is an expert on mental health. If he has a problem, he will spot it and refer himself to himself, in the full knowledge that his expertise as a mental health practitioner has been independently audited by himself. If he needs a second opinion, he can always act as an independent examiner of the first opinion, which he can mark as “outstanding” against PQASSO standards, while awarding himself another DLitt.

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I know things!

Anon IS Blacker!

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anon

Anon here – I can assure you I’m NOT Blacker……..

I’m a female law student, living in East London. Couldn’t be more different from blacker.

I do not condone what he did at all. The sdt was correct in its process and outcome. I’m just mindful that this blacker guy seems on edge / has mental health issues. Just asking for some responsibility and restraint…

I understand that not everyone agrees with me, and that’s okay too. – I’m just making my opinion and request clear.

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Charleytan

When you’ve spent time qualifying and practising as a lawyer, you will feel less sympathetic towards those who pretend to have the credentials and experience which you spent ages achieving. If he had mental health “issues”, it was open to him to file some medical evidence by way of defence/mitigation. He didn’t.

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James Kirby

I hear the post of Justice Secretary is still free, and in a cabinet of liars and misfits, he’d fit in quite well…

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Anonymous

No sympathy for Blacker, but the £86,000 costs is a shocker.

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Anonymous

Agreed. As a test, I showed Blacker’s LinkedIn page to a mate of mine who is not a lawyer (nor indeed is he a leading scientist, Urdu speaker or boiler repair man). I gave no preamble, just said “look at this guy’s profile, what do you think?”

Two minutes later, when my mate had stopped laughing, he said “well this guy’s obviously made this all up. It’s either a joke or he’s like that bloke from ‘Catch Me If You Can’. It’s all a load of rubbish”.

Not sure how it took 86 grand of legal work and a three day hearing to enable the tribunal to come to the same conclusion. I’m also not sure why it took several years for this to be resolved.

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Michael

Also think that there may be underlying mental issues which none of us here can address.
I would also question the £86,000 costs which will unlikely be paid by Lord Harley. Ultimately it will be the members who are left and will pay the bill. In days of shrinking work and fees why was it necessary to run up such fees in an open and shut case.
Also why go to Fountain court for counsel when we now have solicitor advocates. would none of them be competent.

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Anonymous

Alan Blacker.
He’s no slacker.
When it comes to his CV.
It’s lots of guff,
And made-up stuff,
And all of it fact-free.

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