HomeCase studiesSMEs, directors & shareholdersDispute resolutionObtaining permission for a theatre producer to remain a director despite disqualification

Why the client needed our help

Our client was a successful theatre producer who had been prosecuted by Companies House for failing to file his company’s financial accounts. As part of the prosecution, he had been disqualified from acting as a director, leaving the company unable to continue its schedule of theatre productions. The client wanted us to help him find a way of saving his business.

How we helped

We applied for leave for our client under Section 17 of the Company Directors Disqualification Act so that he could be allowed to continue acting as a director despite being disqualified. While the decision would be entirely at the court’s discretion, we needed to form a strong argument in our client’s favour.

The outcome

At the successful hearing that followed, the court granted permission for our client to act as a director for his company which meant that it could continue trading and producing the shows in accordance with its schedule.

I was delighted by the work done by the team at FWJ and cannot recommend them highly enough. Their legal and tactical knowledge was spot on. I can now continue to grow my business free from the worry of my original disqualification.

A director we defended against a disqualification claim

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