Yes the ban still applies unfortunately.
Well we can only give support from the information users choose to disclose. You said he had a ban and now you are saying he doesnt? Any future application he makes will be affected by his immigration history and compliance. If you require any further information please rate first. Thank you.
If a solicitor has given you advice then you should be able to rely on their advice. At JustAnswer we can not give advice. My understanding of the rules is that if you have been ban, any further application for a visa will be refused whilst that ban is still active.