A self-styled legal practitioner has been jailed after being convicted of providing illegal immigration advice. Prince Adewale Adeola was sentenced to five months in prison at Woolwich Crown Court yesterday. The 53-year-old had pleaded guilty to 11 charges of providing unregulated immigration advice.
It was the second time he had illegally given support on immigration matters. He had previously been fined £500 by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) for a similar offence.
According to a notice published by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner, Adeola is company director at Vinbrooke Legal Practitioners, in Kent. He misrepresented the company as being able to give immigration advice.
Sentencing Adeola, His Honour Judge Miller, said: ‘You knew the regulations in respect of providing immigration advice. Public interest in such matters is obvious, given the desperate circumstances of those seeking immigration advice. The consequences of immigration proceedings are hugely important and in most cases dealing with complex matters. It is right that people who charge for such services must be qualified.’
Deputy immigration services commissioner, Ian Leigh, said: ‘We have clear standards outlining what we expect in terms of the fitness and competence of regulated advisers. Prince Adewole Adeola chose to operate outside the law. I am delighted with the outcome of this case, and I hope this sends a clear message to other people considering providing immigration advice - either act within the law or you will find yourself in court.’
A CILEx spokesperson said Adeola was an associate member and that his membership ended in April this year.
This article was updated on 11 October to make it clear that Adeola was not a chartered legal executive.