‘Harry Potter’ lawyer reported to police over St John medal claims

‘Harry Potter’ lawyer reported to police over St John medal claims

‘Harry Potter’ lawyer reported to police over St John medal claims

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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.

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9:33am Mon 1 Sep 14

Over-by-yer says...

This bloke is twp, take a look at his twitter page and the questions being asked there!
This bloke is twp, take a look at his twitter page and the questions being asked there! Over-by-yer
  • Score: 13

10:11am Mon 1 Sep 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

“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."

I suppose 500 years ago he would have challenged him to a duel!
“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." I suppose 500 years ago he would have challenged him to a duel! Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: -2

11:07am Mon 1 Sep 14

ex-St. Julians boy says...

500 years ago it wouldn't have been called a duel; it would have been single combat ... to the death.
500 years ago it wouldn't have been called a duel; it would have been single combat ... to the death. ex-St. Julians boy
  • Score: 8

11:25am Mon 1 Sep 14

Over-by-yer says...

Reading up on this clown has raised some very interesting questions about his 'qualifications'. What is even more concerning is that he represented someone who was convicted and imprisoned for a very serious offence. Whilst The evidence presented, as reported, points to a correct conviction you have to ask was the convicted driver properly represented?
Reading up on this clown has raised some very interesting questions about his 'qualifications'. What is even more concerning is that he represented someone who was convicted and imprisoned for a very serious offence. Whilst The evidence presented, as reported, points to a correct conviction you have to ask was the convicted driver properly represented? Over-by-yer
  • Score: 13

12:52pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Taffyrock says...

Over-by-yer wrote:
Reading up on this clown has raised some very interesting questions about his 'qualifications'. What is even more concerning is that he represented someone who was convicted and imprisoned for a very serious offence. Whilst The evidence presented, as reported, points to a correct conviction you have to ask was the convicted driver properly represented?
I think the police should look much more closely at this guy. There might be much more to him than it appears. exactly my thoughts Possible ID theft springs to mind?
[quote][p][bold]Over-by-yer[/bold] wrote: Reading up on this clown has raised some very interesting questions about his 'qualifications'. What is even more concerning is that he represented someone who was convicted and imprisoned for a very serious offence. Whilst The evidence presented, as reported, points to a correct conviction you have to ask was the convicted driver properly represented?[/p][/quote]I think the police should look much more closely at this guy. There might be much more to him than it appears. exactly my thoughts Possible ID theft springs to mind? Taffyrock
  • Score: 12

4:21pm Mon 1 Sep 14

grandmammamia says...

Taffyrock wrote:
Over-by-yer wrote:
Reading up on this clown has raised some very interesting questions about his 'qualifications'. What is even more concerning is that he represented someone who was convicted and imprisoned for a very serious offence. Whilst The evidence presented, as reported, points to a correct conviction you have to ask was the convicted driver properly represented?
I think the police should look much more closely at this guy. There might be much more to him than it appears. exactly my thoughts Possible ID theft springs to mind?
I sense an appeal coming on.
[quote][p][bold]Taffyrock[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Over-by-yer[/bold] wrote: Reading up on this clown has raised some very interesting questions about his 'qualifications'. What is even more concerning is that he represented someone who was convicted and imprisoned for a very serious offence. Whilst The evidence presented, as reported, points to a correct conviction you have to ask was the convicted driver properly represented?[/p][/quote]I think the police should look much more closely at this guy. There might be much more to him than it appears. exactly my thoughts Possible ID theft springs to mind?[/p][/quote]I sense an appeal coming on. grandmammamia
  • Score: 4

8:35pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Limestonecowboy says...

Can someone appeal because he allowed a complete idiot to represent him interesting to know whether legal aid is involved.
Can someone appeal because he allowed a complete idiot to represent him interesting to know whether legal aid is involved. Limestonecowboy
  • Score: 1

9:03pm Mon 1 Sep 14

A.R. Gus says...

Sir Walter of Mitty
Sir Walter of Mitty A.R. Gus
  • Score: 1

10:00am Tue 2 Sep 14

myopinion1988 says...

Limestonecowboy wrote:
Can someone appeal because he allowed a complete idiot to represent him interesting to know whether legal aid is involved.
I hope he doesnt appeal he deserves to serve his sentence for killing a cyclist while playing with his phone.
[quote][p][bold]Limestonecowboy[/bold] wrote: Can someone appeal because he allowed a complete idiot to represent him interesting to know whether legal aid is involved.[/p][/quote]I hope he doesnt appeal he deserves to serve his sentence for killing a cyclist while playing with his phone. myopinion1988
  • Score: 3

1:32pm Tue 2 Sep 14

slice_of_life says...

it's not the first time Alan Blacker has represented Andrzej Wojcicki

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it's not the first time Alan Blacker has represented Andrzej Wojcicki http://www.southwale sargus.co.uk/archive /2013/05/01/10392804 ._I_lost___500k_from _failed_council_case ____Caerphilly_busin essman/ slice_of_life
  • Score: 0

9:34pm Wed 10 Sep 14

abim75 says...

myopinion1988 wrote:
Limestonecowboy wrote:
Can someone appeal because he allowed a complete idiot to represent him interesting to know whether legal aid is involved.
I hope he doesnt appeal he deserves to serve his sentence for killing a cyclist while playing with his phone.
I am the sister of the cyclist that was killed & the family have gone through every kind of emotion possible. That guy was found guilty unanimously by 12 jurors. The pain sitting through the trial at times were unbearable but my smart, loving, handsome brother deserved justice. He didn't ask to get "ploughed down".
That man choose his solicitor, the same person that got him off a previous charge . He stood in court day after day with his arrogance, showing no remorse at all & all the while maintaining his plea of not guilty. He got what he deserved.
So while you are all entitled to your opinion please realise that the cyclist had a family who loves him very much & we have to still endure the pain of losing him every day.
[quote][p][bold]myopinion1988[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Limestonecowboy[/bold] wrote: Can someone appeal because he allowed a complete idiot to represent him interesting to know whether legal aid is involved.[/p][/quote]I hope he doesnt appeal he deserves to serve his sentence for killing a cyclist while playing with his phone.[/p][/quote]I am the sister of the cyclist that was killed & the family have gone through every kind of emotion possible. That guy was found guilty unanimously by 12 jurors. The pain sitting through the trial at times were unbearable but my smart, loving, handsome brother deserved justice. He didn't ask to get "ploughed down". That man choose his solicitor, the same person that got him off a previous charge . He stood in court day after day with his arrogance, showing no remorse at all & all the while maintaining his plea of not guilty. He got what he deserved. So while you are all entitled to your opinion please realise that the cyclist had a family who loves him very much & we have to still endure the pain of losing him every day. abim75
  • Score: 0

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