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'Harry Potter lawyer Alan Blacker invented qualifications'

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A lawyer criticised by a judge for dressing "like something out of Harry Potter" in court invented a series of fake qualifications and titles for himself, a tribunal has heard.

Alan Blacker then told regulators he could not send documents because he had been injured saving someone's life.

The Solicitors' Disciplinary Tribunal heard he told regulators he had injured himself giving CPR for over an hour.

They probed claims he was deliberately misleading about his qualifications.

Mr Blacker, who calls himself "Dr The Right Honourable The Lord Harley of Counsel of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem" was not present at the hearing in London.

He was criticised in 2014 by Judge David Wynn Morgan at Cardiff Crown Court when he appeared in court with medals and ceremonial ribbons on his lawyer's gown.

The judge told him: "If you ever appear before this court again dressed as you are I shall exercise my right to decline to hear you."

'Misrepresenting qualifications'

Ed Levey, for the Solicitors Regulatory Authority, said: "It is fundamental that an operator complies with its regulator. He came up with a number of excuses not to send documents including that he was injured."

He said Mr Blacker lists a score of "outstanding" in his Practical Quality Assurance Systems for Small Organisations (PQASSO) award.

Mr Levey added: "He's marking his own homework, they don't even give such scores as outstanding.

"He also gives the qualification of being 'Senior Trial and Appeal Counsel, Grade A Civil, level four Criminal'. Again, no such title exists."

Mr Blacker is also accused of misrepresenting his qualifications.

Mr Levey told the hearing Mr Blacker had previously been caught out making up titles, and was warned by the Royal College of Surgeons over them.

"He claims he was a Commanding Officer Emergency Care Practitioner at the Royal College of Surgeons.

"He attended a two-day intensive course, but that would not make him a practitioner, even medical students would only be called observers.

"He then called up the RCS asking for a letter saying he passed his exam. When they refused, he then threatened them with legal action via several text messages."

'Doesn't hold any status'

The hearing was also told Mr Blacker claims to be Branch Secretary and Honorary Colonel 24 Batt. (Irish) and 1st Btn of the Royal Artillery Association.

Mr Levey said: "He's not a member, he doesn't hold any status," adding he was a standard bearer for the Stockport branch, which is a voluntary role.

Mr Blacker had also pretended to be an "accredited member of the Association on Military Court advocates", the hearing was told.

Mr Blacker is also accused of recklessly misleading the court, and failing to mention properly written accounts dealing with office and client money.

He denies the claims and the hearing continues.

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