The most recent changes to the director disqualification regime came in with the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act 2015. This web page sets out some of the key reforms in that piece of legislation.

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The key changes to the director disqualification legislation came in to effect with the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act 2015.

Included in that act were the following additions to the Company Director Disqualification Act 1986:

  • the Secretary of State is able now to bring in wider evidence than previously into director disqualification proceedings. This is pursuant to Section 109 of the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act 2015. These new director disqualification grounds include
    • convictions abroad by a director; and
    • on a wider basis, include individuals who were not directors but who exerted influence over the director in question who was later shown to be unfit and should be subject to a director disqualification order.
  • important changes took place to the limitation period of director disqualification proceedings to be commenced by the Secretary of State. Pursuant to Section 108 of the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act 2015, the director disqualification limitation period was increased from 2 to 3 years. This means that the Secretary of State now has a longer period to investigate the affairs of the company following liquidation of it and the former directors of the liquidated company now have to wait 3 years to be in the clear in case director disqualification allegations are raised against them.
  • the major final change to the Company Director Disqualification Act 1986 legislation was in relation to something known as director disqualification compensation orders.
    • section 110 of the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 bought in an entirely new provision called compensation orders;
    • these types of director disqualification orders mean that a director subject to a director disqualification order or a director disqualification undertaking may find himself/herself the subject of a financial claim by the Secretary of State for repayment into the liquidated company losses attributable to that person’s misconduct;
    • it was a very major change in the director disqualification legislation regime and one which expert director disqualification solicitor advice is recommended.

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