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A director can be disqualified in the Magistrates court if the company has failed to filing accounts or other statutory documents. Our brilliant team based in Cardiff can help. We regularly attend hearings in the Cardiff Magistrates Court where these cases are heard.

Cardiff magistrates court

Claims are always heard in the Cardiff Magistrates Court because Cardiff is the location of Companies House.

Our disqualification team is headed up by Stephen Downie who is based in Cardiff, so is able to attend court quickly if needed.

Types of claims heard in the magistrates court

All disqualifications dealt with by the magistrates court arise from allegations of misconduct by a director of a company where it has failed (often repeatedly) to comply with its various statutory obligations to complete and file relevant company information, such as company accounts or annual returns.

How we can help

There are often grounds to defend these types of claims and our expert team is headed up by Stephen Downie, lawyer and accountant who is also based in Cardiff.

Stephen’s legal and financial expertise means that he is extremely well placed to handle these unusual types of cases and he regularly attends the Cardiff Magistrates Court to defend directors facing disqualification.

The process in the Magistrates court is different to that in the usual high court or county courts and as such, our particular expertise in these hearings is of great benefit to directors facing Magistrate court hearings.

Why not let our team help you? We are experts at defending director disqualification claims and making representations at court and do so on a regular basis. Contact us today for an initial consultation.

FWJ exceeded my expectations by not only avoiding an order for my disqualification as a director but also negotiating a complete withdrawal of the prosecution. This has been such a relief and weight off my mind after many years and I am very grateful to them. I strongly recommend instructing them at the very earliest opportunity. Timely advice, realistic expectations, prioritisation and logical legal presentation were key.

A company director we successfully defended against a director disqualification claim by the Registrar of Companies

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Stephen Downie

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