HomeCase studiesSMEs, directors & shareholdersCommercial litigationHelping a director of a $600m worldwide group of companies stop the issue of disqualification proceedings and get the claims dropped

Why the client needed our help

Our client was chairman of a worldwide group of companies with an estimated turnover of $600 million.

He was faced with almost certain director disqualification by the Insolvency Service due to serious crown deficiencies totalling nearly £2 million, following the liquidation of a company of which he was a director. This would have had a massive impact on his other business interests and caused huge reputational damage

How we helped

FWJ requested a meeting with the Chief Examiner of the Insolvency Service together with our client (prior to proceedings being issued), to explain the particular circumstances of the company’s failure and the mitigating factors in this case. Detailed preparation work was undertaken in advance of that meeting.

The outcome

Our negotiations resulted in the Secretary of State deciding not to issue proceedings, thus saving our client the cost of a major business restructuring, together with the expense of a the directors disqualification proceedings, a section 17 application and the inevitable resignation by him from his banking interests.

This was a highly unusual position for the Insolvency Service to adopt, particularly as the liquidated company allegedly owed over £2 million of Crown debt.

If there was ever a star rating for law firms, Francis Wilks & Jones would score five stars plus. Professional and pro-active, they were able to understand my problem quickly, provide expert advice, outline a solution and put it into place with a successful outcome. I should have gone to them sooner.

A client we successfully defended in director disqualification and insolvency related proceedings

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