JJB Sports boss Chris Ronnie suspended amid shares inquiry – The Times

Posted January 21st, 2009 in company directors, financial regulation, news by sally

“JJB Sports suspended its chief executive yesterday as the investigation into his lost stake continues. Chris Ronnie admitted last week that the 27.5 per cent stake he controlled in the retailer had reverted to the liquidators of Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander (KSF), his financial backer. Mr Ronnie said he did not know when the shares were disposed of, or at what price.”

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The Times, 21st January 2009

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Film con man ordered to pay £100K – BBC News

Posted January 9th, 2009 in company directors, fraud, news, proceeds of crime by sally

“The man behind a project to build a film studio at St Agnes in Cornwall has been ordered to forfeit £100,000 at a court hearing.”

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BBC News, 9th January 2009

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Masri v Consolidated Contractors International Co SAL and others (No 4) – WLR Daily

Masri v Consolidated Contractors International Co SAL and others (No 4) [2008] EWCA Civ 876; [2008] WLR (D) 261

“The court had jurisdiction under CPR r 71.2 to order the examination of a foreign director of a company which had submitted to the jurisdiction, defended a claim on the merits and failed to pay the judgment debt. A director of a corporate director of the judgment debtor was not ‘an officer of that body’ within the meaning of the rule.”

WLR Daily, 29th July 2008

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Franbar Holdings Ltd v Patel and others – WLR Daily

Posted July 4th, 2008 in company directors, derivative claims, law reports, shareholders by sally

Franbar Holdings Ltd v Patel and others [2008] EWHC 1534 (Ch); [2008] WLR (D) 220

Where the question of ratification arose in the context of an application to continue a derivative claim, under s 261 of the Companies Act 2006, the court should ask itself whether the ratification had the effect that the claimant was being improperly prevented from bringing the claim on behalf of the company. That also applied where the connected person provisions in s 239 were not satisfied but there was still actual wrongdoer control by which there had been a diversion of assets to persons associated with the wrongdoer, albeit not connected in the sense provided by s 239(4).”

WLR Daily, 3rd July 2008

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Oxford Legal Group Ltd v Sibbasbridge Services plc and Another – Times Law Reports

Posted May 15th, 2008 in accounts, company directors, law reports by sally

Oxford Legal Group Ltd v Sibbasbridge Services plc and Another

Court of Appeal

“The court could refuse to enforce the right to inspect a company’s accounts, not only where the purpose for which the inspection was sought was to injure the company, but also where the purpose was improper.”

The Times, 15th May 2008

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BAE review seeks bribery controls – BBC News

Posted May 6th, 2008 in bribery, company directors, news by sally

“A review into business practices at defence firm BAE Systems has called for tougher anti-bribery measures.”

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BBC News, 6th May 2008

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The Oxford Legal Group Ltd v Sibbasbridge Services Plc and Another – WLR Daily

Posted April 22nd, 2008 in accounts, company directors, law reports by sally

The Oxford Legal Group Ltd v Sibbasbridge Services Plc and Another [2008] EWCA Civ 387; [2008] WLR (D) 121

“The court would refuse to enforce the right of a director to inspect a company’s accounts pursuant to s 222 of the Companies Act 1985 where the purpose of the proposed inspection was to injure the company or was improper.”

WLR Daily, 21st April 2008

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Times Law Panel debate: OFT plans to bring more criminal prosecutions – The Times

Posted April 16th, 2008 in company directors, competition, prosecutions, special report by sally

“The Office of Fair Trading is set to target more company directors for criminal prosecution in a bid to stamp out anti-competitive behaviour, a senior figure at the competition watchdog said last night.”

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The Times, 15th April 2008

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‘Internet sperm’ founder jailed – BBC News

Posted April 9th, 2008 in company directors, fraud, news, sentencing by sally

“The founder of a website offering sperm to lesbians wanting children has been jailed for 16 months for fraud at Wood Green Crown Court in north London.”

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BBC News, 8th April 2008

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Gemma Ltd (in liquidation) v Davies and Another – Times Law Reports

Posted April 4th, 2008 in company directors, law reports, misfeasance by sally

Gemma Ltd (in liquidation) v Davies and Another

Chancery Division

“In order to establish that a person was a de facto director of a company when deciding whether she was guilty of any misfeasance in relation to the company, it was not enough that she held herself out as a director since what mattered was not what she called herself but what she did.”

The Times, 4th April 2008

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Gemma Ltd (in liquidation) v Davies and another; In re Gemma Ltd (in liquidation) – WLR Daily

Posted March 19th, 2008 in company directors, insolvency, law reports, married persons by sally

Gemma Ltd (in liquidation) v Davies and another; In re Gemma Ltd (in liquidation); [2008] EWHC 546 (Ch); [2008] WLR (D) 89

“In order to establish that a person was a de facto director of a company it was necessary, inter alia, to plead and prove that he undertook functions in relation to the company which could properly be discharged only by a director.”

WLR Daily, 18th March 2008

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4,000 company directors listed as global terror suspects and fraudsters – The Times

Posted February 21st, 2008 in company directors, news by sally

“The names of almost 4,000 directors of British companies appear on international watchlists of alleged fraudsters, money launderers, terror financiers and corrupt officials, The Times has learnt.”

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The Times, 21st February 2008

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Contex Drouzhba Ltd v Wiseman and Another – Times Law Reports

Posted January 8th, 2008 in company directors, fraud, law reports by sally

Contex Drouzhba Ltd v Wiseman and Another

Court of Appeal

“A director’s signature on a document containing a fraudulent representation made by him was sufficient evidence in writing for an action in deceit.”

The Times, 8th January 2008

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Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Vohora and Another – Times Law Reports

Posted December 10th, 2007 in company directors, disqualification, law reports, time limits by sally

Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Vohora and Another

Chancery

“A claim by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to disqualify a director of a company under section 6 of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 had to be brought, rather than commenced within two years.”

The Times, 10th December 2007

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Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Vohora and another – WLR Daily

Posted November 19th, 2007 in company directors, disqualification, law reports, time limits by sally

Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Vohora and another [2007] EWHC 2656 (Ch)

“A claim by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to disqualify a director of a company, on the ground that it was expedient in the public interest, had to be brought, rather that started, within two years. Therefore the two-year period was a limitation provision and, in accordance with CPR Pt 7, para 5, where the Secretary of State’s claim form was received in the court office on a date earlier than the date on which it was issued, the claim was “brought” for the purposes of the two-year period on that earlier date.”

WLR Daily, 16th November 2007

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Hawkes v Cuddy and Others – Times Law Reports

Posted November 13th, 2007 in company directors, declaratory judgment, insolvency, law reports by sally

Judge’s order inappropriate

Hawkes v Cuddy and Others

Court of Appeal

“It was inappropriate to make a declaratory judgment on an interlocutory application based on an allegation of contravention of the Companies Act 1985 when that would serve no useful purpose.”

The Times, 13th November 2007

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Fear of litigation holding directors back – The Times

Posted November 6th, 2007 in company directors, news by sally

“Half of the non-executive directors of UK businesses have deliberately limited their involvement in a major transaction because they fear being sued, a study has shown.”

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The Times, 6th November 2007

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New laws give shareholders more power to sue directors for negligence – The Times

Posted September 24th, 2007 in company directors, negligence, news by sally

“Disgruntled shareholders in Northern Rock and other troubled British companies looking to pin blame on senior management will receive a boost next month with the introduction of new laws making it easier to sue individual company directors. ”

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The Times, 24th September 2007

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Brown lifts ban that prevented ministers from taking seat on company boards – The Times

Posted September 24th, 2007 in company directors, ministers' powers and duties, news by sally

“Gordon Brown was under pressure last night to explain why he has lifted a ban on ministers holding directorships as it emerged that his trade minister was listed on the board of a cleaning company, The Times can disclose.”

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The Times, 22nd September 2007

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Hawkes v. Cuddy and Others – Times Law Reports

Declaration of criminality made in civil proceedings

Hawkes v. Cuddy and Others

Chancery Division 

“The court had power, in appropriate circumstances, to grant a declaration of criminality in civil proceedings brought by a private individual litigant.”

The Times, 14th August 2007

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