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Acting as a director whilst subject to a disqualification order is very serious indeed. The same is true of taking on management responsibilities akin to being a director. Our expert team has been dealing with claims like this since 2002 and have successfully defended many directors accused of breaching disqualification orders. Call us for help today.

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If you are unaware of, or ignore, director disqualification order then you face considerable personal risk as follows:

  • if your current company enters into insolvency, the legal position is that you will be personally responsible for all debts incurred by the new company (in insolvency) whilst you were acting whilst disqualified. You only need to be registered as a director or taking decisions that only a director can take to be liable under this provision.
  • acting as a director whilst disqualified, even if not recorded as one (the law no longer differentiates between a director registered at Companies House and someone who directs the company without holding him/herself out as a director) is a criminal offence punishable by up to 5 years in prison. Although you may consider such punishment unlikely, we have experience of circumstances where individuals have been sent to prison for acting whilst disqualified.

We can assist you avoid these personal risks

If you act within a company but are unsure whether your role is breaching the disqualification, we can assist in the following ways:

  • issue a director disqualification application (pursuant to Section 17 Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986) for formal court permission to act as a director despite the director disqualification; or
  • issue a director disqualification application (pursuant to Section 17 Company Directors disqualification Act 1986) for formal court permission to act in the management, promotion or formation; or
  • issue an application for a declaration by the court that your role does not breach the director disqualification order.

Please contact one of our expert director disqualification lawyers now for your consultation. At Francis Wilks & Jones, we have dealt with all manner of director disqualification claims over the last 20 years. Feel free to look at our website and the many different director disqualification examples of cases where we have successfully assisted our clients.

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