Leicester garment factory bosses banned from running businesses for more than 400 years – The Guardian

Posted September 4th, 2020 in company directors, fraud, HM Revenue & Customs, insolvency, news, taxation by sally

‘Directors of clothing manufacturers in Leicester have been struck off for a combined total of more than 400 years in cases costing HMRC millions, data shared with the Guardian reveals.’

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The Guardian, 3rd September 2020

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What is a ‘Fit and Proper Person’? – 25 Bedford Row

Posted August 10th, 2020 in chambers articles, company directors, news, sport by sally

‘In this article, Simon Pentol QC examines the flaws in the process that scrutinises the suitability of football club owners and proposes a 10-point plan of revisions.’

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25 Bedford Row, 6th August 2020

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Company Director Disqualification in the Criminal Courts – Henderson Chambers

‘Criminal courts have sweeping powers to disqualify directors arising from prosecutions for regulatory crime, with far-reaching consequences for companies and individuals. This Alerter provides an essential guide for practitioners to approaching director’s disqualification orders at a time when the HSE, Environment Agency and other regulators show a growing appetite to prosecute individuals.’

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Henderson Chambers, 29th April 2020

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Directors Disqualification: Applying for Permission to Act During the Corona Pandemic – Radcliffe Chambers

‘On 6 April 2020 the Temporary Insolvency Practice Direction (“TIPD”) came into force. On 7 April 2020 the guidance note issued by Chief ICCJ Briggs confirmed that, for the purposes of TIPD, applications under section 17 Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 are deemed urgent.’

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Radcliffe Chambers, 17th April 2020

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Directors disqualified after abandoning care homes, diverting council funds – Local Government Lawyer

‘The directors of two care homes in the Midlands have been disqualified after they diverted council funds before abandoning elderly residents and staff, the Insolvency Services has revealed.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st March 2020

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In-house lawyer facilitated sham £16m property schemes – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor who acted as head of legal and a “puppet director” for a variety of companies involved in sham £16m property schemes has been struck off.’

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Legal Futures, 1st April 2020

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Case highlights need for certainty in out of hours administration appointments – OUT-LAW.com

‘The High Court ruled that it is not permissible for a notice of appointment of administrators by the directors of a company to be e-filed out of court hours. The court ruled that the defect was curable and that the appointment took effect at the time the court opened for business the next working day. This judgment adds to the growing number of conflicting cases about the validity and time of the appointment when notices are e-filed out of hours.

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th March 2020

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Oh! What a tangled web we weave… – Nearly Legal

Posted March 4th, 2020 in company directors, damages, fines, housing, landlord & tenant, licensing, news by sally

‘In the case of Lifestyle Club Ltd, and its director, Gian Paulo Aliatis, that is what eventually happened in August 2019, with a £42,273 penalty in fines and costs (despite their policy of targeting overseas students as potential tenants on the basis that they wouldn’t understand the legal problems – this targeting is standard for all these ‘accommodation club’ companies). Unsurprisingly, Lifestyle Club Ltd opted for voluntary strike off of the Companies House register during the prosecution, in February 2019.’

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Nearly Legal, 3rd March 2020

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The expansion of a director duty to act in the interests of the company – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted February 26th, 2020 in chambers articles, company directors, news, shareholders by sally

‘A director’s duty to act in good faith in the interests of the company is the cornerstone of a director’s position. This long standing obligation was revamped in the Companies Act 2006 with the introduction of a new requirement that directors should have regard to a package of concerns reflecting what has been described as “enlightened shareholder value”. Following the enactment of section 172 of the Companies Act 2006, when determining what is in the interests of the company, directors are required to look beyond the pursuit of profit and consider various factors and third parties stakeholders who could be affected by the decision.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 24th February 2020

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Wife’s guarantee to bank unenforceable due to husband’s undue influence (Syndicate Bank v Dansingani) – 4 New Square

‘Banking & Finance analysis: Ben Archer, barrister, at 4 New Square, examines a High Court decision that a guarantee given by the first defendant company director to secure the company’s liabilities to the claimant bank was enforceable but a similar guarantee given by the second defendant company director, who was the first defendant’s wife, was not enforceable as her execution of it had resulted from his undue influence.’

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4 New Square, 7th February 2020

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High Court rules directors cannot buy assets of their liquidated company on the cheap – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 30th, 2020 in company directors, company law, compensation, insolvency, news, valuation by tracey

‘The High Court has ruled that company directors cannot buy assets from their liquidated companies at below market value.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th January 2020

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Director must compensate creditors for cut-price purchase from insolvent company – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 23rd, 2020 in company directors, company law, compensation, insolvency, news, valuation by tracey

‘Directors of insolvent companies should not be allowed to buy assets of the business on the cheap, the High Court has ruled. In Systems Building Services Group Limited [2020] EWHC 54 (Ch), the court this week ruled that a director is liable to pay the liquidators of his company money he saved by not placing a house owned by the company on the open market when the company went under.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 22nd January 2020

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Liquidator’s firm liable for opponent’s costs after funding litigation – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 13th, 2020 in company directors, costs, insolvency, limitations, liquidators, news, third parties by tracey

‘The High Court has characterised a liquidator’s firm as a real party to the litigation which it funded as it stood to make financial gain from the action and was therefore found not to be a pure funder facilitating access to justice.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th January 2020

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Barristers to lose out from Iraq claims firm’s liquidation – Legal Futures

‘Barristers instructed by now-defunct Birmingham law firm Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) are set to lose out significantly from its liquidation, although its collapse may yet spark legal action, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 13th January 2020

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Director of lettings and property management agency jailed for two years over £230k fraud – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 19th, 2019 in company directors, deposits, fraud, landlord & tenant, news, rent, sentencing by sally

‘The director of a lettings and property management agency who defrauded more than £230,000 from the landlords and tenants that were his clients has received a two-year prison sentence, following an investigation by Southampton City Council’s Trading Standards Service.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th December 2019

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VAT recoverable on shareholder employee tax avoidance scheme says tribunal – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 11th, 2019 in company directors, employment, news, shareholders, tax avoidance, taxation, tribunals, VAT by tracey

‘Advice on incentivising employees in a tax efficient manner has a direct and immediate link to the purposes of the business and so VAT input tax should be recoverable, even if the employees are directors and shareholders, the UK’s First-tier Tribunal (FTT) has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th December 2019

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Whose knowledge counts? Singularis v. Daiwa and Attribution – 4 New Square

Posted November 20th, 2019 in agency, company directors, company law, duty of care, fraud, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘Last week, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Singularis Holdings Ltd v. Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Ltd [2019] UKSC 50. That case got the attention that it did because of the tension with the result in Stone & Rolls Ltd v. Moore Stephens. Others have dealt with the detail of the decision in Singularis (including an excellent article by my colleague, Mark Cannon QC). I want to look more generally at the issues created by attribution in a corporate context, and how the courts in recent years have approached them.’

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4 New Square, 6th November 2019

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Boss jailed after racially abusing and defrauding security guard staff – The Independent

‘A company boss who racially abused workers when they complained about not being paid has been jailed for defrauding staff out of almost £60,000.’

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The Independent, 15th November 2019

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Tribunal lifts practising controls from ABS accountant – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has lifted practising restrictions on a finance director who was sanctioned less than three years ago, over the objections of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).’

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Legal Futures, 11th November 2019

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A Summary Of Recent Corporate Insolvency Cases – Hardwicke Chambers

‘Phillip Patterson provides a summary of recent corporate insolvency cases covering:

– Fraudulent trading;
– Misfeasance, transactions defrauding creditors and the duties of directors; and
– The out of court appointment of administrators.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 9th October 2019

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