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Mark Jackson procecutes in roofing firm directors con

Two roofing directors who gave salesman a guidebook on how to trick vulnerable customers out of thousands of pounds have been jailed for two-and-a-half years each.

Sarah Beadle, 40, and her co-director Martin Evans, 58, gave workers a 'how to' training manual detailing manipulative sales techniques.

Together they ran Summit Roofguard Ltd, a £4million-a-year roofing company operating in the West Midlands.

Prosecutor Mark Jackson told the court the swindle, which was set out in the scripted 14 step guide, involved establishing an inflated reference price.

After a pitch lasting up to six hours and a call to a sales manager, customers would then always qualify for a 'grade A subsidy' as long as they agreed to take part in a fake marketing promotion.

Read the Daily Mail article here

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Immigration 2015 - Key Cases

2015 cases: July - December 2015

Adam Pipe, barrister at No 8 Chambers, picks out the key cases from mid-July to December 2015 for immigration lawyers, and why they are of interest. The review covers Supreme Court decisions, judicial review highlights, and other cases in the areas of article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), refugee/protection claims, EU/EEA law, practice and procedure, deportation and nationality (including one earlier case from June 2015).

Download: Lexis®PSL Immigration 2015 cases: July - December 2015.

Emma Rutherford appears in case on parental responsibility

Emma Rutherford appears in Upper Tribunal case on parental responsibility.

Representation :

For the Applicant: Ms E Rutherford instructed by Cartwright King Solicitors

For the Respondent: Mr V Mandalia, instructed by the Government Legal Department

  • It is not necessary for an individual to have "parental responsibility" in law for there to exist a parental relationship.
  • Whether a person who is not a biological parent is in a "parental relationship" with a child for the purposes of s.117B(6) of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 depends on the individual circumstances and whether the role that individual plays establishes he or she has "stepped into the shoes" of a parent.
  • Applying that approach, apart from the situation of split families where relationships between parents have broken down and an actual or de facto step-parent exists, it will be unusual, but not impossible, for more than 2 individuals to have a "parental relationship" with a child. However, the relationships between a child and professional or voluntary carers or family friends are not "parental relationships".
Read full judgment here

Rob Cowley prosecutes in drug dealing breast enhancement case.

No.8 Chambers barrister Rob Cowley has prosecuted in a trial of a garage mechanic from Birmingham who paid for his wife to have breast enhancement surgery and tummy tuck through drug deal cash.

Ashley Wilkin, who was sent to prison for three years and nine months led a “lavish lifestyle”, a court was told. Rob Cowley, prosecuting, said when police stopped Wilkin on June 4 this year in Erdington their suspicions were raised when the defendant opened a man bag to show officers his licence and they saw £1,400 inside.

Click here to read the report in the Birmingham Mail.