It is possible for a director to reduce the original period of disqualification by making an application to court. Our team can help you with these complex applications or explore other alternatives which might be more suitable for you - such as applying to court to become a director again despite being disqualified. Call us today for help.

Section 8A of the Company Directors disqualification Act 1986 permits a disqualified director to apply to reduce a period of disqualification.

The court may, on the application of a person who is subject to a disqualification undertaking, reduce the period for which the undertaking is to be enforced and if the reduced period has already passed, the disqualification is effectively at an end.

We can assist

At Francis Wilks & Jones we can assist you in this complex area of the law. The high court have indicated that a successful applicant must persuade the court of the unreasonableness of the period and that circumstances exist which would allow the court to revisit the disqualification undertaking previously accepted by the Secretary of State.

We can offer the following help

  • reviewing the merits of a claim generally to see if you have grounds to make an application.
  • preparing detailed witness statements in support of an application to reduce the period of disqualification.
  • dealing with any evidence in response and attending the court hearing on your behalf.

Reducing a period of disqualification can have significant benefits for an individual. It can, for example, open up the possibility for that person to then seek the court’s permission to allow him/her to become a director again.


Our specialist Director disqualification team is here to help you. Call us today and speak to one of our friendly advisers. We are here to help. Don’t settle for second best.

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