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Lord Harley to take strike-off decision to Court of Appeal

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He’s appealing on Equality Act grounds

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Alan Blacker, aka Lord Harley, has confirmed that he will be filing an appeal with the Court of Appeal against the High Court’s recent decision to uphold his striking off.

In a statement released via his barrister, Blacker said he “is appealing against the decision that the listing of a hearing is exempt from the Equality Act 2010.”

Continuing, the press release — issued by Goldsmith Chambers’ Dr Anton van Dellen — states that Blacker “considers that it is very important that decisions about where hearings are heard should fall within the scope of legislation passed to protect the rights of people with disabilities.”

Last summer, Blacker — who has in the past described the disciplinary proceedings against him as a “witch hunt” — was booted out of the legal profession. After a two-day hearing, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) found that the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) had proven seven out of eight charges against Blacker, including dishonesty. He cited health problems and did not attend proceedings.

At a High Court hearing earlier this month, van Dellen relied on the Equality Act 2010 to argue that the SDT acted beyond its remit when it decided to push on with the original proceedings in Blacker’s absence. Mr Justice Davis rejected this appeal and said the tribunal was justified in its decision to proceed.

Claiming that he has been denied an opportunity to address the “accusations” directly, the new statement adds:

Dr Blacker is grateful to all those who have continued to support him since his striking off, knowing that if were able to answers these accusations in a tribunal, he would be able to answer them directly.

It also reveals that Blacker will appeal against his hefty £86,000 costs order issued at the original disciplinary hearing. It continues:

[Blacker] considers that the manner in which such high costs are awarded against solicitors should be reviewed by the Court of Appeal as it is an important point of principle or practice.

With the release sent to a select group of journalists (not Legal Cheek…), news of Blacker’s latest appeal surfaced on Twitter this morning thanks to top legal affairs journalist Catherine Baksi.


Read the statement in full:

My client is filing an appeal in the Court of Appeal against the recent decision in the High Court. He is appealing against the decision that the listing of a hearing is exempt from the Equality Act 2010. He considers that it is very important that decisions about where hearings are heard should fall within the scope of legislation passed to protect the rights of people with disabilities.

He is also appealing against the costs of £86,000 after a hearing lasting only 2 days. He considers that the manner in which such high costs are awarded against solicitors should be reviewed by the Court of Appeal as it is an important point of principle or practice.

Dr Blacker is grateful to all those who have continued to support him since his striking off, knowing that if were able to answers these accusations in a tribunal, he would be able to answer them directly.


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Adam

you are all just jealous. Alan has achieved more than any of you ever will. he is a sick man so lay off him. if the sra made the adjustments they are supposed to he would clear his name.

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Anonymous

Which name, that is the question.

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Adam

Alan Clough. His true name.

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Weird Al Blackovic

He’s definitely very sick, but perhaps not in the way you meant it.

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Steve Bannon

A bit late in the day, but there is still a vacancy for a Deputy Attorney General in Washington, which would suit a man of your talents. If you could just invent some US law qualifications, we could have you before a confirmation heading in no time. You are just the kind of guy who would fit the new adminstration.

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Adam

A liar and fraud ?

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Anonymous

Well, I think the two points are sensible points to get a ruling from the Court of Appeal on. It will be the stuff of legend if he does get a re hearing !

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Anonymous

He’s already been turned down for a rehearing on the same grounds. More likely to get a restraining order. He’d be the stuff of legend if he actually turned out to have a title, a DPhil, and a disability.

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Anonymous

I have lost track of the point we reached peak Blacker. Every development equals more peak Blacker

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Adam

Every article is a new low in the Alan Blacker charade.

For a man who claims a peerage and such high academic qualifications, he is a thick as pigshit and as rough as a badger’s asshole.

He achieved his notoriety by blagging his way into a case he should not have been anywhere near.

The sooner he crawls back under his stone the better.

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