|First appearance||19th November 1973|
|Last appearance||21st November 1973|
|Number of appearances||2|
|Played by||Patrick Barr|
Judge Carson presided over the courtroom when Len Fairclough and Ray Langton appeared over Fairclough and Langton's non-payment of a £204.60 VAT bill after doing a job for Weatherfield Plastics. The men felt that they shouldn't have to pay as Weatherfield Plastics had gone bust after they had finished the job putting in washbasins and glazing but before they'd been paid, and as the receivers had been called in, they wouldn't get the full amount they were owed. Len and Ray argued that it was a bad law that worked against the small trader but their prospects were not good as Ray admitted on the stand that they'd been advised to pay up by their accountant and solicitor and Mr Geddes, the representative from Customs and Excise, made clear that Fairclough and Langton were in breach of the law following the introduction of VAT earlier that year.
Carson questioned Ray (who took the stand instead of Len at Carson's suggestion when Len spoke out of turn) and Mr. Geddes at length but while court was still in session, the judge was notified of a development and adjourned the case. He revealed later that someone from Fairclough and Langton - Jerry Booth - had paid the VAT amount in full.