JSC BTA Bank v Solodchenko and others: ChD 2 Nov 2010

The court consider its sentence on one of the defendants found to be in contempt of court.
Held: Mr Kythreotis was sentenced on the basis that the contempt had been purged, without making any finding as to whether there had been full and proper compliance with the disclosure obligations. Proudman J referred to the matters urged in mitigation, notong that the bank had not proved any specific prejudice caused by the delay, although it had been set back by some two months in its enquiries. She noted that the contempt was deliberate, but on the other hand Mr Kythreotis had subsequently co-operated by answering the schedule D questions and ‘providing a huge amount of disclosure at very substantial expense’. The judge concluded that the costs incurred by Mr Kythreotis in making disclosure coupled with his liability for the costs of the committal proceedings were ‘punishment enough’. Accordingly the judge imposed no sentence for Mr Kythreotis’ contempt, beyond ordering him to pay costs on an indemnity basis.
Proudman J
[2010] EWHC 2843 (Ch), [2011] 1 WLR 906
England and Wales
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