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There are three main types of court hearings in director disqualification proceedings.

1. First “directions” hearing

The first type of director disqualification hearing to be aware of is what is commonly known as the first “directions” date.

When formal director disqualification proceedings are issued at court, it will put in the court diary a first hearing date. That date will be shown on the issued director disqualification claim form. It will show the date and time of the directions hearing.

This hearing enables the judge to put in place directions (or steps / key dates in the case) to enable the case to continue.

  • this is only on the basis that the director disqualification claim is defended by the defendant;
  • if the claim is not contested or an acknowledgement of service form filed in time, the first directions hearing can sometimes be treated as a hearing at which the court will make a director disqualification order on the basis that the claim is uncontested.

It is therefore very important to ensure that proper steps are taken to prepare for this director disqualification hearing in order that a disqualification order is avoided.

2. Interim director disqualification hearings

There can also be interim hearings within the director disqualification proceedings before it gets to formal trial.

These very much depend on whether, for example, any steps need to be taken by the claimant or defendant which are not part of the normal steps put in place to take the matter towards trial.

  • an example of such a hearing would include where the defendant requires further time to file his/her director disqualification affidavits in reply to the director disqualification claim. Extension of time applications in disqualification hearings are common;
  • other types of interim hearings might relate to disclosure applications whereby certain documents are being sought from either party or indeed third parties.

3. Trial

The main director disqualification hearing is of course a trial. Whilst most cases don’t reach trial stage, some of course do.

Director disqualification trials involve a full hearing of the issues in front of a judge and will involve giving oral testimony from all witnesses. Trial will also require specialist director disqualification solicitors and barristers to attend the hearing and argue the case. Following the director disqualification trial, the court will either decide to make a director disqualification order against the defendant or not.


Please contact one of our friendly expert director disqualification solicitors now for your consultation. At Francis Wilks & Jones, we have all the director disqualification experience needed to deal with any type of problem. Feel free to look at our website and the many different examples of cases where we have successfully assisted our clients.

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