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15 year disqualification for mobile phone co director who involved his companies in multi-million VAT fraud

16 April 2014 15:00

Somchul Haqe Rashid, a director of TM Global Ltd and TM GB Ltd, mobile phone wholesalers based in Barking, Essex has been disqualified as a director by the High Court for 15 years for involving these companies in a scheme linked to VAT fraud and making wrongful VAT reclaims against HM Revenue & Customs.

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Mother and son travel company bosses given 21-year holiday from being directors

14 April 2014 12:45

Gail Bottomley and her son Darren Bottomley, directors of coach travel firm Gain Travel Experience Ltd (“Gain”) based in Bradford, West Yorkshire, have been disqualified for a combined 21 years from acting as directors for failing to protect customer money paid up-front for holidays and travel.

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Tax lie-ability company written-off after Insolvency Service investigation

11 April 2014 13:00

Dalton & Dalton Tax Consultants Ltd, a Lancashire based company which misrepresented its ability to obtain council tax rebates for customers, has been wound up in the High Court - on 4 April - following an investigation by the Insolvency Service.

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Tucan directors’ behaviour doesn’t fit the bill: PPI claims co bosses banned for failing to pay money to clients

11 April 2014 12:45

Two directors of Bristol-based Tucan Claims Limited (“Tucan”), a company that offered regulated claims management services, have been disqualified from being directors for a combined total of 12 and-a-half years, one for being in control of the Company for a period in which it mishandled clients’ money, the other for failing to inform the authorities that he had no managerial role at Tucan and for failing to ensure that the Company correctly handled clients’ money.

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Protection for consumers as bogus alarm company is switched off

07 April 2014 12:05

Inter Defence Security Limited, a Manchester-based company which used misleading and objectionable sales practices to induce customers to purchase monitored alarm systems, has been wound up in the High Court following an investigation by the Insolvency Service.

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Insolvency Service puts the brakes on vehicle VAT scam directors

04 April 2014 12:08

Five men, who were directors of five Liverpool based companies, have been disqualified for a total of 33 years for their part in a VAT scam on the sale of imported vehicles and for failing to maintain accounting records or exercise proper control over the companies.

The disqualifications follow investigations by the Insolvency Service.


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West Lothian director banned for poor record keeping and tax breaches

02 April 2014 13:00

David Stephenson, 44, director of Tech Direct (Scotland) Ltd, a company specialising in the storage, delivery and installation of computer components and peripherals, was disqualified for eight years from 4 April 2014 for failing to keep adequate records, pay tax and rates debts or register for VAT.

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Director disqualified over conflict of interest and misuse of trust money

31 March 2014 15:15

Graham Mark Buller has been disqualified as a director for six years for causing his company to breach its duties as a corporate trustee, by allowing the company to misuse funds held in trust following the death of a previous director.

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Director banned after Blackpool Christmas shop hits the rocks

31 March 2014 15:00

Leo Jones, the director of an all year round Christmas shop which went into administration owing £287,761 to creditors was disqualified by Blackpool County Court on 19 March 2014 for seven years, for delivering inadequate company records to the administrator.

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Leicester director banned for eight years for poor record-keeping

26 March 2014 12:20

Leicester-based director of Asylum Design and Build Ltd, Mark Searson, was disqualified for eight years from 12 April 2014 for failing to keep proper accounting records and for trading without proper financial security following an investigation by the Insolvency Service.

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Security company’s stolen records do not prevent director’s disqualification

26 March 2014 11:45

Christopher Hill, the Huddersfield-based director of Inventive Security Limited (“Inventive”), was disqualified from acting as a director for seven years from 27 March 2014 for failing to keep proper records, following an investigation by the Insolvency Service.

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Rare earth metal agents wound up in public interest

19 March 2014 15:15


Westpier Consultants Limited and Global Metal Exchange Limited, two companies that sold rare earth metals at hugely inflated prices to the public while grossly exaggerating the rate of return on investment, were wound up in the High Court on 12 March 2014, following an investigation by the Insolvency Service.

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North London chartered accountant banned from directorships for five years for failing to pay tax

17 March 2014 17:14

David Lowe, director of DPL Business Services Limited (‘DPL’), based in North London, has been disqualified from acting as a company director for five years for failing to make sure the company paid its tax liabilities.

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Time called as pub outsourcing scam directors are served with 13 years ban

17 March 2014 17:04

Two directors of a pub management company that failed to pay its creditors have been disqualified from acting as directors for a total of 13 years following an investigation by the Insolvency Service.

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Red light for Bolton brothers disqualified for supplying dodgy engines

17 March 2014 16:55

Four brothers who ran a garage business in Bolton, which supplied defective refurbished car engines, carried out defective work and took unauthorised payments from customer credit cards, have been disqualified from acting as directors for a total of 25 years following an investigation by the Insolvency Service.

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No silver lining for banned director responsible for solar panel scam

17 March 2014 16:43

Stephen-Rievaulx Wilson, the director of a company that duped customers into purchasing solar panels by offering a bogus cash back scheme has been disqualified for 13 years following an investigation by the Insolvency Service.

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Failure to account leads to eight-year directorship ban for local businessman

17 March 2014 16:35

Mr Edward Tully has been disqualified for eight years from being a company director following a trial at Peterborough County Court, for failing to surrender the books and records of his company as he was required to do by law for a company in liquidation and for ignoring the company’s tax affairs.

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Lights out for director after bogus cash back offer by solar panel company

17 March 2014 15:48

Steven Douglas Newman, the director of a company that offered a bogus cash back scheme to customers purchasing solar panels has been disqualified for nine years for the false claims made by the company, following an investigation by the Insolvency Service.

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Director gets longer disqualification and de facto director duo are discovered and disqualified

14 March 2014 12:00

Nathan David Paul O’Callaghan (“Mr O’Callaghan”), a director of Steelmen Security Ltd (“Steelmen”), has been disqualified for 11 years for acting as a director of a limited company while an un-discharged bankrupt and already subject to a disqualification order. In addition, Mr O’ Callaghan and his two co-directors have been disqualified for trading to the detriment of HM Revenue & Customs (“HMRC”).

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Court closes bogus green investment company

14 March 2014 11:45

Greenwave Bio Ltd (“Greenwave”), a company that misled investors by claiming to sell bio-fuel technologies and promising an 800 per cent return on investment, was wound up on public interest grounds in the High Court on 24 February 2014.

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Changes to the fees charged by the Insolvency Service announced

13 March 2014 12:45

The Insolvency Service has announced increases to the fees paid during insolvency procedures in line with inflation, to make sure people benefiting from the process pay their fair share while protecting those who cannot pay.

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End of the line for production systems company director

11 March 2014 13:55

Robert James Dacey, director of Cheshire-based Promoderne Limited, which designed and built production systems has been disqualified from acting as a director for four years, from March, for trading to the detriment of HM Revenue & Customs.

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Plant-hire director gets six-year ban for disposing of assets

11 March 2014 12:05

Cardiff-based Gwenlais Yvonne Thomas, a director of Ascus Plant Ltd, has been disqualified for six-and-a-half years for selling a £74,000 concrete pump which was under a hire purchase agreement and transferring other company assets to associates, causing the company to fail.

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Torquay hotelier’s faulty records lead to a ban

07 March 2014 11:45

Dr Mahfouz El-Tawil (74), a hotelier of Torquay and sole director of Trade Development and Investment Limited, which traded as the Oke Lodge Hotel in Exeter has been disqualified from acting as a company director for six years, for failing to ensure the company kept proper books and records.

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Insolvency advice company Baker Donald Ltd ordered into provisional liquidation

06 March 2014 14:45

Baker Donald Ltd, a Chesterfield-based company which offered insolvency advice and also traded as a licensed Insolvency Practitioner, was put into provisional liquidation on public interest grounds on 18 February 2014 by the High Court in Manchester.

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