A former solicitor was today jailed for providing unlawful immigration advice while on bail on a separate charge for the same offence. 

Peter Chahal, 47, of Handsworth Wood, Birmingham, was struck off the roll in 2014.

Last month he pleaded guilty at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court to two charges of providing unregulated immigration advice and services between September and October 2015.

The offences related to bail applications for two individuals held at an immigration reception centre.

A news release from the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner states that Chahal, a serving prisoner convicted of providing unlawful immigration advice and services following a separate investigation, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court today and was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment on each count.

The release quotes His Honour Judge Eyre, on sentencing Chahal, saying: ‘Acting in deliberate defiance of the law having already been convicted of the same offence and whilst on bail awaiting sentence, you chose to defy the law again.’

Deputy immigration services commissioner Ian Leigh said he hoped the outcome would send a ‘clear message to other people considering providing immigration advice – act within the law or you will find yourself in court’.