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Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Lewis and Another: ChD 19 Jul 2001

Where the sole substantial issue was that the court of first instance had failed to give reasons for its decision, it would normally be wrong for an appellate court to order a rehearing rather than a review. This might be appropriate if the court below had been asked and had refused to give reasons, or … Continue reading Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Lewis and Another: ChD 19 Jul 2001

Official Receiver v Stern and Another: CA 20 Nov 2001

The director appealed against a 12 year disqualification. The basis of the disqualification was unlawful trading to the detriment of creditors, and taking excess drawings. The Vice-Chancellor, Lord Justice Buxton, And, Lady Justice Arden [2004] BCC 581, [2002] 1 BCLC 119, [2000] 1 WLR 2230, [2001] EWCA Civ 1787 Bailii Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 … Continue reading Official Receiver v Stern and Another: CA 20 Nov 2001

Spencer Michael v The Official Receiver, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills: ChD 15 Jul 2010

Application pursuant to section 4(2) of the Human Rights Act 1998 for a declaration that Schedule 4A paragraph 5(2) of the Insolvency Act 1986 and section 11 of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 are incompatible with Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Mr Justice Arnold [2010] EWHC 2246 (Ch) Bailii Human … Continue reading Spencer Michael v The Official Receiver, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills: ChD 15 Jul 2010

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

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

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills v Weston and Another: ChD 5 Sep 2014

The Secretary of State sought company director disqualification orders against the defendants saying they had been convicted of making false instruments. The Insolvency service had decided against such proceedings, and the Crown Court judge, when sentencing them had considered and rejected orders. The defendants now argued that the instant proceedings were an abuse of process. … Continue reading The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills v Weston and Another: ChD 5 Sep 2014

Pressdram Ltd v Whyte: ChD 30 May 2012

The respondent had been involved in company director disqualification proceedings some 12 years earlier. The claimant, publisher of Private Eye sought disclosure of the associated court papers. Held: The applicant had provided appropriate details of the papers required. The basic principle of open justice applied, and the papers were required for a proper jurnalistic purpose.The … Continue reading Pressdram Ltd v Whyte: ChD 30 May 2012

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

Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills v Aaron and Others: ChD 10 Dec 2009

The claimant sought a disqualification after the defendants had been directors of a company mis-selling Structured Capital at Risk products. The FSA had reported that they had been negligent. Held: ‘I do not have to decide whether or not the defendants were negligent. The question is whether their risk ratings were so flawed that they … Continue reading Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills v Aaron and Others: ChD 10 Dec 2009

Re Kaytech International plc; Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Kaczer and others: CA 1999

Robert Walker LJ said that the expression ‘de facto director’ had been in use for a long time, and commented on the failure to distinguish in pleadings between pleas that someone was a shadow or a de facto director. The two different labels were not necessarily mutually exclusive. He said: ‘However the two concepts do … Continue reading Re Kaytech International plc; Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Kaczer and others: CA 1999

Perinpanathan, Regina (on The Application of) v City of Westminster Magistrates Court and Another: CA 4 Feb 2010

The appellant’s daughter had been stopped entering the country with andpound;150,000 in cash. The police sought an order for its forfeiture, suspecting a link with terrorism. The magistrates found no evidence of such, and declined to make the order, but equally refused to award the defendant her costs. She now appealed against the refusal to … Continue reading Perinpanathan, Regina (on The Application of) v City of Westminster Magistrates Court and Another: CA 4 Feb 2010

In Re Cedarwood Productions Ltd; In Re Inter City Print and Finishing Ltd; Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Rayna and Another: ChD 3 Apr 2001

S6 of the 1986 Act proceedings had been stayed pending criminal proceedings in which the defendant was eventually convicted of conspiracy to defraud, sentenced to imprisonment and given a two year disqualification order under s2 by the trial judge, at the invitation of the defendants own counsel. The Secretary of State then applied to restore … 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: ChD 3 Apr 2001

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

Harris v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills: ChD 9 Aug 2013

The claimant had offered an undertaking not to act as a company director for a period of time, to avoid applications for his disqualification. He now sought leave to act. Held: The applicant had: ‘put forward ample evidence to justify a finding that he is skilled and experienced at marketing and sales and would be … Continue reading Harris v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills: ChD 9 Aug 2013

Secretary of State for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform v Sullman and Another: ChD 19 Dec 2008

An application was made to disqualify as a company director a former director of Claims Direct Limited. He had been accused of several actions which might justify a disqualification. Held: The court found misconduct but delayed a decision on whether it was sufficient to found a disqualification. The court should look at such matters properly … Continue reading Secretary of State for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform v Sullman and Another: ChD 19 Dec 2008

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

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

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

In Re Carecraft Construction Co Ltd: ChD 13 Oct 1993

A court must hear evidence before disqualifying directors. Though the Director and the Secretary of State might reach an agreement as to what should happen, they could not displace the court in deciding what order should be made, and in making that order. The court approved the submission by the parties to the Court an … Continue reading In Re Carecraft Construction Co Ltd: ChD 13 Oct 1993

In re Polly Peck International plc, Ex parte the joint administrators: ChD 1994

The purposes of a liquidation, or administration or receivership of a company must include the gathering of information as to the conduct of the affairs of the company, and those who had conducted them so that the office-holder can report to the Secretary of State as he is required to do by section 7(3) of … Continue reading In re Polly Peck International plc, Ex parte the joint administrators: ChD 1994

Fassihim, Liddiardrams, International Ltd, Isograph Ltd v Item Software (UK) Ltd: CA 30 Sep 2004

The first defendant (F) had been employed by a company involved in a distribution agreement. He had sought to set up a competing arrangement whilst a director of the claimant, and diverted a contract to his new company. Held: A company director has additional, fiduciary duties over and above those of an employee. The duties … Continue reading Fassihim, Liddiardrams, International Ltd, Isograph Ltd v Item Software (UK) Ltd: CA 30 Sep 2004

Holland v Revenue and Customs and Another: CA 2 Jul 2009

The appellant supported IT workers. Through his own company, he set up companies in which his company was a director, and which companies in turn employed the IT workers securing substantial savings in higher rate Corporation Tax. Held: The defendant’s appeal succeeded. Though the appellant was not himself a director in the companies, his company … Continue reading Holland v Revenue and Customs and Another: CA 2 Jul 2009

Holland v Revenue and Customs and Another: SC 24 Nov 2010

The Revenue sought an order under section 212 of the 1986 Act, for payment of the tax debts of the insolvent company by a de facto director. H had organised a scheme under which IT contractors had worked through companies created by him under a composite company scheme, and in each of which he retained … Continue reading Holland v Revenue and Customs and Another: SC 24 Nov 2010