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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

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 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

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

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

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In Re Surrey Leisure Ltd: ChD 25 Jan 1999

In company director disqualification proceedings the person applying for the order could nominate more than one lead company in the proceedings, but he did not have a duty to name all the lead companies. Citations: Times 25-Jan-1999, Gazette 10-Feb-1999 Statutes: Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 16(1) Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Appeal from – … Continue reading In Re Surrey Leisure Ltd: ChD 25 Jan 1999

In Re Blackspur Group Plc; Secretary of State v Eastaway: ChD 21 Jun 2001

The director was amongst a group against whom a director disqualification order was sought. He offered an undertaking, but the Secretary of State refused to accept this unless it was accompanied by a statement as to the factual basis on which it was made. The director’s application failed. There was no explicit provision in the … Continue reading In Re Blackspur Group Plc; Secretary of State v Eastaway: ChD 21 Jun 2001

Kluk v Secretary Of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: ChD 20 Dec 2007

Judges: Sir Andrew Park Citations: [2007] EWHC 3055 (Ch), [2008] 2 BCLC 313 Links: Bailii Statutes: Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 17 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Citing: Cited – 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 … Continue reading Kluk v Secretary Of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: ChD 20 Dec 2007

Secretary of State for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform v Aaron and others: CA 16 Oct 2008

In asking a court to order the disqualification of a company director, the Secretary of State may call in evidence findings of the Financial Services Authority as to misconduct, but no those of the Financial Services Ombudsman. The rule in Hollington applied to such proceedings. Hearsay evidence would have been admissible before the Ombudsman. Judges: … Continue reading Secretary of State for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform v Aaron and others: CA 16 Oct 2008

In Re Migration Services International Ltd: ChD 2 Dec 1999

When considering whether to impose a disqualification order upon a company director, it was relevant to consider the unlawful and unauthorised use of the name of a liquidated company. The sections of the Insolvency Act which might be taken into account were not exhaustively listed. Citations: Times 02-Dec-1999, Gazette 08-Dec-1999 Statutes: Company Directors Disqualification Act … Continue reading In Re Migration Services International Ltd: ChD 2 Dec 1999

In Re Manlon Trading Ltd: ChD 15 Aug 1994

A different approach is required on striking out in Company Director Disqualification proceedings. Citations: Times 15-Aug-1994, Ind Summary 15-Aug-1994 Statutes: Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Appeal from – In Re Manlon Trading Ltd CA 22-Jun-1995 Company Director Disqualification proceedings were struck out for delay. There has to be a … Continue reading In Re Manlon Trading Ltd: ChD 15 Aug 1994

In Re Dennis Hilton Ltd: ChD 4 Jul 2001

A director of a failed company had been prosecuted for matters relating to the failure. The criminal court had had power to impose a disqualification order but did not do so. The Secretary of State subsequently applied for a civil disqualification, and the respondent argued that, given the view taken by the criminal court, this … Continue reading In Re Dennis Hilton Ltd: ChD 4 Jul 2001

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 Rex Williams Leisure Plc (In Administration): CA 4 May 1994

On an application for a disqualification order, the director against whom the order is to be made should file an affidavit before the date of the hearing. A disqualification order can have grave consequences and is a serious interference with the freedom of the individual. As to procedure: ‘The Secretary of State or the official … Continue reading In Re Rex Williams Leisure Plc (In Administration): CA 4 May 1994

Official Receiver v Stern and Another: CA 25 Jan 2001

Citations: [2001] EWCA Civ 111 Links: Bailii Statutes: Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 6 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: See Also – 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 … Continue reading Official Receiver v Stern and Another: CA 25 Jan 2001

Official Receiver v Obaigbena: ChD 14 Jun 2022

Appeal from order under section 6 Judges: Mr Justice Fancourt Citations: [2022] EWHC 1399 (Ch) Links: Bailii Statutes: Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 6 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Company Updated: 07 July 2022; Ref: scu.678563

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Collins and others: CA 13 Jan 2000

A disqualified director applied for consent to act in the management of a company before his disqualification had expired. He succeeded, and the judge made no award for costs. On appeal by the Secretary of State it was held that the lifting of the disqualification was a matter purely for the discretion of the judge. … Continue reading Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Collins and others: CA 13 Jan 2000

Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Deverill and another: CA 20 Jan 2000

When considering what constituted a shadow director, courts should be reluctant to move away from the words of the Act. The words should be construed carefully because the term was used in several pieces of legislation, including those with penal provisions. A shadow director is one who has real influence on a company. He does … Continue reading Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Deverill and another: CA 20 Jan 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

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

In re Samuel Sherman Plc: 1991

Disqualifications under section 8 should be of similar length to those recommended in the Sevenoaks Stationers for disqualifications under section 6. Citations: [1991] 1 WLR 1070 Statutes: Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 8 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Citing: Cited – In re Sevenoaks Stationers (Retail) Ltd CA 1990 The court gave guidelines for the periods … Continue reading In re Samuel Sherman Plc: 1991

Re Jaymar Management Ltd: ChD 1990

The 10 day notice period before commencing proceedings had to be calculated exclusive of the day on which the notice was given and the day on which the proceedings were issued. Judges: Harman J Citations: [1990] BCC 303 Statutes: Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 16(1) Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Cited – The Secretary … Continue reading Re Jaymar Management Ltd: ChD 1990

Re Cubelock Ltd: ChD 2001

The procedures for disqualifying directors should not become hedged about with particular rules allowing directors to escape disqualification on small and technical points. Citations: [2001] BCC 523 Statutes: Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Cited – The Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Swan and Othes ChD 22-Jul-2003 … Continue reading Re Cubelock Ltd: ChD 2001

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

Re Circle Holidays International plc: ChD 1994

The affidavit filed in proceedings under the Act take a role similar to that of the pleadings in other cases. Judges: HH Judge Micklem Citations: [1994] BCC 226 Statutes: Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Cited – The Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Swan and Othes ChD … Continue reading Re Circle Holidays International plc: ChD 1994

In re Lo-Line Electric Motors Ltd: 1988

When considering the filing of additional evidence changing allegations made under the 1986 Act, the paramount requirement is that the director facing disqualification must know the charge he has to meet. As to the standard of misbehaviour required to found an order, Sir Nicolas Browne-Wilkinson VC said: ‘Ordinary commercial misjudgment is in itself not sufficient … Continue reading In re Lo-Line Electric Motors Ltd: 1988

In Re Barings Plc, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Baker (No 5): ChD 25 Nov 1998

A person disqualified from acting as a company director might exceptionally be given permission to act as non-executive director in named companies where this appeared necessary and the cause of the original disqualification was unrelated.As to the duties of directors, Jonathan Parker J said: ‘(i) Directors have, both collectively and individually, a continuing duty to … Continue reading In Re Barings Plc, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Baker (No 5): ChD 25 Nov 1998

Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Carter and Others: ChD 14 Aug 1997

Affidavits supporting application to disqualify a company director must distinguish between fact, argument and the fault claimed. The respondents in such an application should be encouraged to focus on the essential factual matters in their affidavits in response. The liquidators, in their evidence should equally distinguish clearly between the facts bringing the case before the … Continue reading Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Carter and Others: ChD 14 Aug 1997

Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Crane and Another: ChD 4 Jun 2001

Outside of any statutory limitations, there was nothing to prevent a prosecutor making use of helpful ideas disclosed in civil proceedings in his case against a defendant. Questions about a defendant’s right of silence in criminal proceedings did not apply in civil matters. Judges in either court had powers to control their proceedings to prevent … Continue reading Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Crane and Another: ChD 4 Jun 2001

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

In re Pantmaenog Timber Co Ltd: CA 25 Jul 2001

The Official Receiver could not use the powers given to him for the purposes of his insolvency duties to require production of documents form solicitors and accountants, to satisfy duties placed on him by the Secretary of State for the purpose of company director disqualification proceedings. The secretary of state could not ask the Official … Continue reading In re Pantmaenog Timber Co Ltd: CA 25 Jul 2001

In Re Pamstock Ltd: ChD 5 Jan 1993

A failure to file his company’s accounts is a serious default, and is sufficient to warrant the disqualification of a company secretary from acting as a company director. The filing of accounts is a substantial protection for those trading with limited companies. Citations: Times 05-Jan-1993 Statutes: Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986, Companies Act 1985 Jurisdiction: … Continue reading In Re Pamstock Ltd: ChD 5 Jan 1993

Re Southbourne Sheet Metal Co Ltd: CA 9 Sep 1992

The Secretary of State for Trade and Industry had sought orders of disqualification against the director and a co-director under the provisions of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986. The Secretary of State’s summons was supported by an affidavit from one of the receivers of the company. Held: The director’s appeal succeeded. A discontinuance by … Continue reading Re Southbourne Sheet Metal Co Ltd: CA 9 Sep 1992