Company director handed ban for breach of previous disqualification

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A director of a removal and rubbish clearance company has received a further ban for breaching a previous disqualification.

Barry Michael Marchant has been disqualified from acting as a director for nine years. An investigation conducted by the Official Receiver found Mr Marchant had acted in the capacity of a director of Hastings-based firm Direct Relocations Limited (Direct), a removal and rubbish clearance company, while being prohibited from doing so, due to his unfit conduct in a previous compulsory liquidation.

Mr Marchant had previously voluntarily agreed to be disqualified from acting as a director between 2 December 2010 and 1 June 2013. Despite this, he acted as a director of Direct during this period while a third party, who was not aware of his disqualification, was enlisted to be the named director at Companies House.

At interview Mr Marchant advised that he had only been an employee during the period of his disqualification. However the evidence collated during the Official Receiver’s investigation disproved this and found he had acted as a director throughout Direct’s trading without any regard or concern to the restrictions placed upon him.

Andrew Stanley, Official Receiver at Chatham, said: “The Insolvency Service will take appropriate action when we find that undertakings given to protect the public and the business community have been breached and where those unfit to manage a company engage in prohibited conduct.

“Mr Marchant acted with a complete disregard for the law and was content to provide information during the investigation which was found to be incorrect. Had he wanted to legitimately act as a director he could have made an application to the court to do so; it appears he preferred to act in breach of his disqualification in the hopes his actions would not be identified.”

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