UK: Convicted & Struck Off Lawyer Wins SME News Legal Awards… ‘UK Legal Client Service Excellence Award 2024’ and they named his company as the ‘Best Pro Bono Legal Services Practice 2024’,

Well spotted yet again Roll on Friday

A legal awards company has shown its arse by naming a disgraced struck off solicitor as one of the best lawyers in the UK.

SME News gave Alan Blacker two prizes: ‘Best Pro Bono Legal Services Practice 2024’ and the ‘UK Legal Client Service Excellence Award 2024’.

Blacker, or, to refer to him by his preferred titles, ‘The Rt Hon Dr Alan Blacker, Lord Harley of Counsel, Earl of Dublin, Knight of St John’, first made the pages of RollOnFriday and the national press when his propensity to attend trials in a robe adorned with badges led a judge to remark that he looked like “something out of Harry Potter”.

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He turned out to be more Gilderoy Lockhart than Albus Dumbledore and was struck off in 2016 after he was found to have lied about his titles and qualifications.

In his excellent defence before the SDT he dismissed a solicitor who had raised doubts about his credentials as “a cretin of the first order”.

He also denied that he had inflated his LPC results, claiming that a “national charity” had given him a distinction as part of its mission “to give a proper reflection of one’s academic standing”.*

In 2020 he was convicted of disability benefits fraud and given a nine month suspended sentence. The conviction automatically prevented him from acting as a trustee for the charity he founded, JAFLAS (Joint Armed Forces Legal Advocacy Service).

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