Struck-off solicitor-advocate Alan Blacker has been declared bankrupt following a petition from the regulator.
Blacker, who was removed from the roll of solicitors two years ago, was made subject to a bankruptcy order last month. A notice published in the London Gazette confirmed the Solicitors Regulation Authority filed the petition in March at Manchester County Court.
The Rochdale-based lawyer was ordered to pay £86,000 costs by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal after he was found to have breached accounts rules and falsely claimed to have academic and other qualifications.
Following an unsuccessful bid for a fresh hearing into the case, he was also ordered to pay a further £7,500 to cover further regulatory costs.
A spokesman for the SRA said it was committed to using the profession’s money efficiently, which includes recovering costs where appropriate. He added: ‘When we are recovering costs, we aim to take a fair and pragmatic approach, tailored to the circumstances of each individual. Petitioning for bankruptcy can help us properly establish someone’s assets through an independent trustee.’
Blacker, 46, is still registered with Companies House as a director of JAFLAS, which stands for Joint Armed Forces Legal Advocacy Service.
The solicitor-advocate came to public attention in 2014 when he was criticised by a judge in court for looking like ‘something out of Harry Potter’ and for wearing medals and ceremonial ribbons on his gown.
His discredited claims included that he studied at Oxford, Cambridge and Dublin universities, as well as having two honours degrees and accreditation in Ireland, Denmark and Canada. Blacker also went under the name Lord Harley.