The Insolvency Service has recently reported that a ‘Previously disqualified director has been banned for a second time after illegally running a Yeovil restaurant using former colleague as a stooge boss.’

Timothy Thompson of Kangs Solicitors outlines the circumstances.

The Circumstances | Kangs Company Law Offences Defence Solicitors

  • Yeovil Wine Vaults Limited (‘the company’), trading as The Wine Vaults, was the subject of an Insolvency Service Investigation, following a report by the liquidators.
  • It is reported that although Clare Louise Watts was registered at Companies House as director of the company, it was, in reality, being run by Jane Catherine Bernadette Goodfellow.
  • It was discovered that Goodfellow had previously been banned from holding the office of company director and, accordingly, she received a second ban for a period of twelve years.
  • Watts was banned from holding the office of director for five years as she had knowingly allowed Goodfellow to run the business under her name.

Official Comment | Kangs Insolvency Advisory Solicitors

Dave Elliott, Chief Investigator for the Insolvency Service, said:

‘When Jane Goodfellow appeared in court more than 10 years ago, she would have been made fully aware by the judge that she was explicitly banned from acting in the management of a company. But Jane Goodfellow thought she could get round her disqualification when she got her former colleague to act as a stooge director, leaving her to run the restaurant as she pleased.

However, as the restaurant collapsed their misdemeanours came to light, resulting in significant bans for the both of them. This result should make it very clear to disqualified directors who ignore their bans and continue to act as directors, as well as those who assist them, that they will be vigorously pursued by the Insolvency Service.’

How Can We Help? | Kangs Director Disqualification Defence Solicitors

Any company officer faced with any allegation of a breach of company laws and procedures, including Director Disqualification proceedings, should seek immediate expert guidance.

The team at Kangs Solicitors helps clients facing Disqualification Proceedings and other breaches of company law issues on a daily basis.

If you require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our team through one of our undermentioned solicitors who will be happy to assist you:  

Hamraj Kang
hkang@kangssolicitors.co.uk
07976 258171 | 020 7936 6396 | 0121 449 9888

John Veale
jveale@kangssolicitors.co.uk
0121 449 9888 | 020 7936 6396

Tim Thompson
tthompson@kangssolicitors.co.uk
020 7936 6396 | 0121 449 9888