A former barrister has been sentenced after pleading guilty to providing immigration advice illegally.

Khalil Hosenbux, a qualified barrister, worked as a regulated immigration adviser until he was suspended two years ago by the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner for professional misconduct. 

He was handed a conditional discharge of 18 months after he continued to operate as an adviser by submitting a Home Office application on behalf of a client, without disclosing that he was disqualified from doing so.

Hosenbux, who was sentenced at Westminster Magistrates' Court, has also been ordered to pay compensation to the victim of £2,050 and prosecution costs of £1,020.  

Sentencing him, District Judge Roscoe said: 'I accept that this case is different from those normally before the court. You did have qualifications and knowledge of this type of work, but the other side of that is that you should have known better.’ However he noted that Hosenbux had pleaded guilty, and that this was just one offence rather than a continuing course of fraudulent conduct.

Immigration Services Commissioner Suzanne McCarthy said: ‘We have clear standards outlining what we expect in terms of the fitness and competence of regulated advisers.

‘Mr Hosenbux chose to operate outside the law. I am delighted with the outcome of this case, and I hope it sends a clear message to other people considering providing immigration advice either act within the law or you will find yourself in court.’