The Solicitors Regulation Authority has published the full list of allegations made against solicitor-advocate Alan Blacker.
Blacker’s case was heard at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal this week. He faces eight separate charges.
In a statement, Blacker, who goes under the name Lord Harley, said the application has been made despite a yearlong investigation which has uncovered no wrongdoing at his firm.
The SRA alleges that while in practice as a solicitor at Lancashire firm Joint Armed Forces Legal Advocacy Service, he failed to maintain properly written-up accounts to show dealings with client money, and failed to maintain accounts to show dealing with office money.
The SRA also alleges that he failed to obtain an accountant’s report, within six months or at all, for the accounting period including October 2013 during which he held client money.
Three charges related to the years from 2011 to 2014, namely that Blacker (pictured) made or allowed to be made statements about his academic qualifications which were inaccurate or misleading; made or allowed to be made statements about appointments or accreditations which were inaccurate or misleading; and claimed to be entitled to use titles which were inaccurate or misleading.
The final charges are that he recklessly misled the court while appearing before His Honour Judge Wynn Morgan at Cardiff Crown Court on 28 August 2014, and that he failed to co-operate with the SRA from March to June this year.
All the allegations are as yet unproven and subject to an SDT hearing.
The solicitor-advocate is named as Alan Blacker on the prosecution notice, although he has previously referred to himself as Lord Harley of Counsel.
Blacker came to public attention last year when he was reprimanded by Morgan for ‘dressing like something out of Harry Potter’. The judge has since been cleared of misconduct by the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office, although Blacker insists his complaint is not closed.
The solicitor-advocate's firm told the Gazette it asked the SDT to hold this week's tribunal hearing in Manchester after producing medical evidence to show he could not travel to London. The hearing went ahead in London.
The firm's statement added: 'Lord Harley continues to enjoy the full support of his board and is still acting for a number of clients.'
It quoted 'Lord Harley personally' as saying: 'Having done no wrong, I will handle the tribunal matter in good order and with vigor.'