THE solicitor-advocate rebuked by a judge for dressing “like something out of Harry Potter” following a Blackwood dangerous driver trial has been reported to police for claiming his medals were from service with St John Ambulance.
The judge asked the defence lawyer in the case on Thursday why he was wearing ribbons on his gown and calling himself Lord Harley of Counsel.
His LinkedIn profile gives his name as Alan Blacker, but he said he inherited his title from his father in Ireland and had earned the colourful medals on his gown during voluntary service with St John’s Ambulance.
But Judge David Wynn Morgan told him: “If you want to come into court looking like something out of Harry Potter, you can forget coming to this court ever again.”
Following the spat, the Order of St John in Wales has issued a statement in which it claims Blacker is not a member. It also said that police have been contacted in relation to the matter.
Keith Dunn, chief executive for St John in Wales, told media: “St John in Wales would like to confirm that Lord Harley (Alan Blacker) is not a member of the Order of St John and his name does not appear on the roles of the Priory for Wales or England and he is therefore not a member of our Order.
“He is not entitled to say that he is a Knight of the Order of St John and the dignities that appertain to being a Knight of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem.
“We have asked the Chief Constable for South Wales Police to investigate this matter and St John will be taking legal action if necessary.”
Mr Blacker was unable to be contacted by the Argus for a comment, but he recently told the Law Society Gazette he was wearing the St John Ambulance ribbons in a ‘discreet place at the bottom of my robe, away from the jury’.
He told the legal website he is 'severely disabled' and suffers from a heart condition, brain tumour, pleural issues on the right lung and arthritis.
He said: "I believe I was attacked because I am Irish and from Rochdale and due to the snobbish, hateful attitude that some barristers and judges have towards my branch of the profession."
He added: "I was born in Rochdale, I’m a Lancashire lad and have never had any pretence about titles."
Andrzej Wojcicki, 45, who Blacker represented, was found guilty on Thursday of causing the death of 30-year-old cyclist Owain James, from Oakdale, last year, and sentenced to five years in prison.