Solicitor Disciplinary Tribunal confirms Alan Blacker has applied for re-hearing

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By Thomas Connelly on

Colourful solicitor-advocate was struck off earlier this month


The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has confirmed Alan Blacker, who was booted out of the profession and ordered to pay costs of £86,000, has applied for a re-hearing.

At a two-day hearing earlier this month, the SDT found that the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) had proven seven out of eight charges against Blacker, including dishonesty. Blacker — who goes by the name Lord Harley — did not attend the original hearing, citing health problems, and was not represented.

The SDT has now confirmed that Blacker, despite being a no-show earlier this month, has applied for a re-hearing. A spokeswoman for the SDT was unable to reveal exact details but did confirm to Legal Cheek that a “date had been set.”

According to the SDT website the tribunal may order a re-hearing “where the respondent has not appeared and has not been represented.” Blacker had 14 days from the date on which the order to strike him off the roll was filed with the Law Society, to submit his application. An initial hearing will take place to consider the merits of Blacker’s application.

Earlier this month, reports emerged that Blacker had instructed Dr Anton van Dellen of London’s Goldsmith Chambers to fight the SDT’s decision.

Apparently acting on a pro-bono basis, van Dellen explained at the time that Blacker “was unable to attend the hearing due to his disabilities” and was “very disappointed” by the tribunal’s decision.

Neither Blacker nor van Dellen responded to Legal Cheek’s request for comment.

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