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Struck off 'Harry Potter' solicitor fails in his bid for a rehearing

Alan Blacker, the colourful solicitor-advocate who was struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) in July following a two-day hearing (which he did not attend), has failed in his bid for a rehearing and ordered to pay a further £7,500 in costs. Mr Blacker, who uses the title Lord Harley of Counsel, initially faced eight…

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DLA Piper partner fined for offensive email exchange with Premier League client

Nicholas West, partner of international law firm DLA Piper, has been find £15,000 by the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal (‘SDT’) for engaging in lewd and offensive emails with a representative of his client, the Premier League, in a case in which the line had been blurred between the solicitor and client’s and social relationships. Mr West’s conduct came…

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Malpractice Case: Dentist struck off following 22,000 patient recall  

The General Dental Council’s (‘GDC’) Professional Conduct Committee has struck off dentist Desmond D’Mello after finding against him on 55 allegations of malpractice.  Mr D’Mello ran the Daybrook Dental Practice in Gelding, Nottinghamshire, and was reported in June 2014 by a whistleblower for poor levels of cleanliness and lack of hygiene. Secret footage was taken…

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When does a professional blunder become a homicide?

An optometrist who missed ‘obvious signs’ of a lethal build-up of fluid on a boy’s brain has been convicted of manslaughter at Ipswich Crown Court and sentenced to a two year term of imprisonment, suspended for two years pending 200 hours of unpaid work under a Supervision Order. Vincent Barker, 8, died five months after…

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