Directors & Officers

9 October 2020

Directors disqualified following history of health and safety and waste law breaches

Brother and sister Mark and Rachel Penfold were directors of a waste management company. In February 2016 an employee of the business suffered a serious injury when his arm was caught in a conveyer he was operating whilst at work. The Health and Safety Executive prosecuted the company and both individuals under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER). 

Sophie Wood

10 August 2020

Director of an insolvent company? Know your exposure…

We live in uncertain and financially very troubling times.  The coronavirus pandemic and the unprecedented measures put in place to tackle it have caused severe disruption to businesses.  Big names such as Harveys, TM Lewin, Intu and the owners of Café Rouge and Bella Italia all went into administration at the beginning of the month.  They will not be the last.

Corinne Aldridge

24 July 2020

Stretching the limits of Directors’ personal liability for torts?

It is a sad reality that the Covid-19 Pandemic is likely to lead to a spike in the number of companies being put into insolvency.  This has the potential to leave parties with claims against those companies with a reduced prospect of full recovery, even if their claims are strong.  As a result, claimants may look for alternative targets, including ways in which they could sue directors personally. 

Nick Ralph

16 June 2020

Company Succession Planning: Death of a sole director – now what?

Company succession planning is critical to ensure that a company can continue to run in the unfortunate event that a director (or shareholder) dies. If there are other surviving directors, they are able to step in and run the company, but what happens when a sole company director dies?

Diva Shah

12 May 2020

The impact of the coronavirus crisis on business valuations in divorce settlements

The impact of COVID-19 is being felt in many different ways.  For those going through a separation or divorce, the pandemic has added a layer of uncertainty and stress to an already difficult process. This is particularly so for those who own a business (or whose spouse does), where the value of their business may have been affected and they are concerned with the impact on a financial settlement. In this blog, we look at the complexities of valuing businesses in divorce proceedings at this unprecedented time and provide some practical considerations.

Connie Atkinson

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