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In Re Britannia Homes Centres Ltd and the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986; Official Receiver v Mccahill: ChD 29 Jun 2000

An appeal against an order disqualifying the director of a company in an application for leave to act as a director should be made to the High Court. Where the application was so as to allow the director to act on a company in the course of winding up proceedings, the court to which the … Continue reading In Re Britannia Homes Centres Ltd and the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986; Official Receiver v Mccahill: ChD 29 Jun 2000

In Re Britannia Homes Centres Ltd and the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986; Official Receiver v Mccahill: ChD 27 Jun 2000

An appeal against an order disqualifying the director of a company in an application for leave to act as a director should be made to the High Court. Where the application was so as to allow the director to act on a company in the course of winding up proceedings, the court to which the … Continue reading In Re Britannia Homes Centres Ltd and the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986; Official Receiver v Mccahill: ChD 27 Jun 2000

Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Griffiths; Conway and Wassell; In Re Westmid Packing Services Ltd: CA 16 Dec 1997

Guidance given on what evidence should be admitted to affect the length of disqualification and conditions of Director’s disqualification.A director’s duty to exercise his powers in the best interests of the company and to recognise the separate legal character of the company are essential attributes of fitness to be concerned in the management of a … Continue reading Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Griffiths; Conway and Wassell; In Re Westmid Packing Services Ltd: CA 16 Dec 1997

Eastaway v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and similar: ChD 2 Mar 2006

Judges: Lightman J Citations: [2006] EWHC 299 (Ch) Links: Bailii Statutes: Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Citing: See Also – Regina v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Ex Parte Eastaway HL 8-Nov-2000 Where the Court of Appeal had refused permission to apply for judicial review after a similar refusal … Continue reading Eastaway v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and similar: ChD 2 Mar 2006

Official Receiver v Wadge Rapps and Hunt (a firm) and another and two other actions: HL 31 Jul 2003

(Orse In re Pantmaenog Timber Co Ltd)The Receiver sought to use information obtained under section 236 (documents recovered from the directors’ solicitors) in disqualification proceedings. Held: The appeal succeeded. The Act had explicitly given the requisite powers to the receiver whether or not he was the liquidator. Nor was the purpose of the use restricted. … Continue reading Official Receiver v Wadge Rapps and Hunt (a firm) and another and two other actions: HL 31 Jul 2003

Davies v The United Kingdom: ECHR 16 Jul 2002

The applicant had been subject to applications for his disqualification from acting as a company director. The Secretary of State waited until the last day before issuing proceedings, and the proceedings were then delayed another three years pending the outcome of criminal proceedings against others. The government responded that the proceedings were complex, and the … Continue reading Davies v The United Kingdom: ECHR 16 Jul 2002

Re Seagull Manufacturing Co Ltd: ChD 3 May 1993

A company director who was resident overseas may be subject to disqualification proceedings. Citations: Ind Summary 03-May-1993 Statutes: Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 6 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Citing: See Also – In Re Seagull Manufacturing Co Ltd (In Liquidation); Tucker CA 22-Feb-1993 The court has jurisdiction to order the public examination of a company … Continue reading Re Seagull Manufacturing Co Ltd: ChD 3 May 1993

In Re Cedarwood Productions Ltd; In Re Inter City Print and Finishing Ltd; Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Rayna and Another: CA 26 Jun 2001

Company directors had had civil proceedings for disqualification suspended pending the outcome of criminal proceedings arising from the circumstances of the failure of their companies. They had variously suffered penalties including criminal disqualifications in those criminal proceedings, under section 2. They sought to argue that the continuation of the civil proceedings under section 6 would … Continue reading In Re Cedarwood Productions Ltd; In Re Inter City Print and Finishing Ltd; Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Rayna and Another: CA 26 Jun 2001

re Swift 736 Limited: 1993

The purpose of the jurisdiction created under the Act is to promote better management standards in companies. Citations: [1993] BCLC 796 Statutes: Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Cited – The Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Michael Hamilton Amiss, Jonathan Andrew Chapman, Roger Rex Ingles ChD 20-Mar-2003 … Continue reading re Swift 736 Limited: 1993

Re Moonlight Foods Ltd , Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Hickling: 1996

The Secretary of State, when presenting an application for the disqualification of a company director is obliged to present a balanced picture. ‘It is accepted that these are not ordinary adversarial proceedings but have an element of public interest and may entail penal consequences. It follows that there is a duty on the applicant to … Continue reading Re Moonlight Foods Ltd , Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Hickling: 1996

Re Sutton Glassworks Ltd: ChD 1996

Referring to the procedure in disqualification proceedings of serving an affidavit, the court held: ‘That procedure, and, in particular, the mandatory requirement in r 6, emphasises the importance to the respondent of being able to ascertain with clarity from the evidence filed on behalf of the applicant what are the criticisms laid against him, and … Continue reading Re Sutton Glassworks Ltd: ChD 1996

In Re Continental Assurance Co of London Plc: ChD 2 Jul 1996

Gross incompetence as director in not reading the company accounts founded disqualification. The jurisdiction of company director disqualification should not be hedged about with rigid rules which would allow directors to navigate around disqualification applications by taking fine points on the way in which the affidavits have formulated. Citations: Gazette 24-Jul-1996, Times 02-Jul-1996, [1997] 1 … Continue reading In Re Continental Assurance Co of London Plc: ChD 2 Jul 1996

In Re A Company No 004803 of 1996: ChD 2 Dec 1996

T was the company’s bookkeeper. He was also a director but with only a small shareholding. The company fell into difficulties. He recommended economies to the other directors which were not accepted, but then he stayed on in office. The court had disqualified the other directors but not him. The Secretary of State appealed. Held: … Continue reading In Re A Company No 004803 of 1996: ChD 2 Dec 1996

Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Hall and Nuttall: ChD 28 Jul 2006

The Secretary sought disqualification of the defendants. The second defendant had not been a director of the company, but director of another company which in turn held a directorship in the defaulting company. Held: The claim failed: ‘i) As I have already pointed out the purposes of section 6 of the CDDA and section 214 … Continue reading Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Hall and Nuttall: ChD 28 Jul 2006

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In Re the Working Project Ltd; In Re Fosterdown Ltd and Others: ChD 27 Oct 1994

Company disqualification proceedings may conclude in the county court after a winding up of the company in that court. The power to disqualify directors survives the finishing of the winding up of the company, even though the Official Receiver had had no right to commence the proceedings and the County Court had had no jurisdiction … Continue reading In Re the Working Project Ltd; In Re Fosterdown Ltd and Others: ChD 27 Oct 1994

Reynard v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry: CA 20 Nov 2001

Applications for leave to appeal by both the Secretary of State and the direcyor against the period of disqualification (5.5 years) imposed. Question of whether a former director’s mendacity in court could affect the period of disqualification. Citations: [2001] EWCA Civ 1765 Links: Bailii Statutes: Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 6 Jurisdiction: England and Wales … Continue reading Reynard v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry: CA 20 Nov 2001

Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Creegan and others: CA 27 Nov 2001

‘It is well established on the authorities that causing a company to trade, first, while it is insolvent and, secondly, without a reasonable prospect of meeting creditors’ claims is likely to constitute incompetence of sufficient seriousness to ground a disqualification order. But it is important to emphasise that it will usually be necessary for both … Continue reading Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Creegan and others: CA 27 Nov 2001

Regina v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Ex Parte Eastaway: HL 8 Nov 2000

Where the Court of Appeal had refused permission to apply for judicial review after a similar refusal by a judge, that decision was also, by implication, a refusal to grant permission to appeal against the judge’s decision, and there was no scope for a further appeal to the House of Lords. It is not the … Continue reading Regina v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Ex Parte Eastaway: HL 8 Nov 2000

In Re Surrey Leisure Ltd; Official Receiver v Keam and Another: CA 28 Jul 1999

An applicant for a company director disqualification order was permitted to name more than one company as the lead company in its application. The Interpretation Act operated to resolve any ambiguity or lack of clarity in favour of an interpretation allowing multiple lead companies. The notice of intention to apply need not either mention all … Continue reading In Re Surrey Leisure Ltd; Official Receiver v Keam and Another: CA 28 Jul 1999

Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Ivens and Another: ChD 24 Sep 1997

Evidence of activities of director in non-insolvent but associated company admissible in disqualification proceedings. Citations: Times 24-Sep-1997 Statutes: Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 6 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Cited – The Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Goldberg, Mcavoy ChD 26-Nov-2003 The Secretary of State sought a disqualification order. The director … Continue reading Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Ivens and Another: ChD 24 Sep 1997

Re Probe Data Systems Ltd (No.3): CA 1992

An appeal from a director disqualification is to be under the Insolvency Rules. [1992] BCC 110 Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 6 England and Wales Cited by: Cited – Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Paulin ChD 13-May-2005 The director sought to appeal an order disqualifying him form acting as a company director. … Continue reading Re Probe Data Systems Ltd (No.3): CA 1992

In re Sevenoaks Stationers (Retail) Ltd: CA 1990

The court gave guidelines for the periods of disqualification to be applied for company directors under the Act. The maximum period of ten years should be reserved for only the most serious of cases. Periods of two to five years should apply to cases at the bottom end, and the middle bracket of 6 to … Continue reading In re Sevenoaks Stationers (Retail) Ltd: CA 1990

Cathie and Another v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills: CA 1 Jun 2012

The directors appealed against disqualification orders made against them under the 1986 Act. Their company had become insolvent, owing substantial arrears of PAYE and NI contributions. The revenue had said that they had paid other creditors first. Held: When considering appeals to avoid disqualification, a court would be better guided by the use of the … Continue reading Cathie and Another v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills: CA 1 Jun 2012

Cabvision Ltd v Feetum and others: CA 20 Dec 2005

The company challenged the appointment of administrative receivers, saying there had been no insolvency. Held: No question arises of a derivative action arose here. The claimant had standing to apply for declaratory relief since they were directly affected by the appointment. As to the appointment itself ‘it is inconceivable that in enacting the relevant provisions … Continue reading Cabvision Ltd v Feetum and others: CA 20 Dec 2005

Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills v Pawson: ChD 27 Aug 2015

Trial of a claim by the Secretary of State to disqualify the defendant, a qualified chartered accountant and non-practising barrister from acting as a director of a company arising out of his conduct of the affairs of nine companies on public interest grounds. Judges: Hodge QC HHJ Citations: [2015] EWHC 2626 (Ch) Links: Bailii Statutes: … Continue reading Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills v Pawson: ChD 27 Aug 2015

In Re Structural Concrete Ltd, Barnes and Others: ChD 29 Jun 2000

In order to try to trade out of difficulties, company directors decided to give priority to the payment of trade and banking debts over debts due to the revenue. Held: An appeal against the refusal to disqualify the Directors succeeded. There was no dispute as to the facts alleged and so the appeal court was … Continue reading In Re Structural Concrete Ltd, Barnes and Others: ChD 29 Jun 2000

In Re Westminster Property Management Ltd: ChD 19 Jan 2000

Since company director disqualification proceedings were not criminal proceedings, even though they involved the imposition of a penalty, they remained civil proceedings in nature. The European Convention on Human Rights did not apply to protect a director against having material, disclosed by him under compulsion in the course of an insolvency, being used against him … Continue reading In Re Westminster Property Management Ltd: ChD 19 Jan 2000

In re Queens Moat Houses Plc; Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Bairstow, Hersey, Marcus, Porter: ChD 19 Jul 2004

Mr Bairstow had been found guilty of grave misconduct and neglect of his duties in wrongful dismissal proceedings which he brought against a company of which he had been the managing director. The Secretary of State now sought an order against him under section 8 of the 1986 Act. Judges: The Honourable Sir Donald Ratee … Continue reading In re Queens Moat Houses Plc; Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Bairstow, Hersey, Marcus, Porter: ChD 19 Jul 2004

The Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Michael Hamilton Amiss, Jonathan Andrew Chapman, Roger Rex Ingles: ChD 20 Mar 2003

The Secretary sought disqualification orders, under section 8 which left the court with a discretion as to whether an order should be made. Held: It was not necessary to establish dishonesty to a Twinsectra standard to justify an order. The case followed findings in substantial litigation. It was not realistic of the director to suggest … Continue reading The Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Michael Hamilton Amiss, Jonathan Andrew Chapman, Roger Rex Ingles: ChD 20 Mar 2003

Shuttleworth v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry: ChD 9 Feb 1999

The discretion of the court to allow a disqualified company director to take on the duties of a director, is complete and is not to be fettered. Whether the reason for wanting to act is personal or for business is not decisive. Citations: Times 09-Feb-1999, Gazette 24-Feb-1999 Statutes: Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 17 Jurisdiction: … Continue reading Shuttleworth v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry: ChD 9 Feb 1999

Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v McTighe: CA 1997

Morritt LJ, giving the judgment of the court, distinguished between the conduct of two directors, disqualifying one for twelve years and the other for eight. He said: ‘The period for disqualification is a matter for the discretion of the judge hearing the application to be exercised in accordance with the relevant principles. One such principle … Continue reading Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v McTighe: CA 1997

Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Baker, Bax, Broadhurst and others: CA 9 Jun 1998

Application for leave to appeal agaist orders made against the directors of Barings plc following its collapse. The appellants alleged abuse of process and unfairness and double jeopardy. Held: ‘It is true that the underlying facts of the charges brought by the SFA and the Secretary of State are the same. However, as Lord Justice … Continue reading Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Baker, Bax, Broadhurst and others: CA 9 Jun 1998

Quickson (South and West) Limited v Stephen Mark Katz, John Stephen Kelmanson (As Joint Liquidators of Buildlead Limited): ChD 25 Aug 2004

Various applications were made in the insolvency, including for removal of the liquidators and declarations that certain payments were a fraudulent preference on the creditors. Held: No prejudice had been shown by any procedural irregularity. Other creditors should be able to see that there is a proper investigation of relevant matters relating to inter-company transfers, … Continue reading Quickson (South and West) Limited v Stephen Mark Katz, John Stephen Kelmanson (As Joint Liquidators of Buildlead Limited): ChD 25 Aug 2004

Regina v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry ex parte David Austin Mccormick: Admn 18 Dec 1997

The claimants sought judicial review of decisions made about the future conduct of disqualification proceedings. Citations: [1997] EWHC Admin 1166 Links: Bailii Statutes: Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 Citing: See Also – Regina v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry ex parte David Austin Mccormick Admn 19-Dec-1997 . . Cited by: See Also – … Continue reading Regina v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry ex parte David Austin Mccormick: Admn 18 Dec 1997

Wood and Another v Mistry: ChD 10 Jul 2012

A director’s disqualification order was sought. The order was sought on the basis of allegations of conduct as liquidator of several companies. Judges: Newey J Citations: [2012] EWHC 1899 (Ch) Links: Bailii Statutes: Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Citing: Cited – Deloitte and Touche Ag v Johnson and Another PC 10-Jun-1999 … Continue reading Wood and Another v Mistry: ChD 10 Jul 2012