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JAN
09

Outstanding result for Lewis Nedas Law and its Commercial and Litigation Department in company director disqualification case

insider tradingLewis Nedas Law Director and Regulatory Specialist Ian Coupland and Associate Solicitor Adam Creasey have achieved an outstanding result on behalf of an individual who was the subject of Company Director Disqualification Proceedings brought by the Official Receiver on the direction of the Secretary of State.

The case concerned an international Collective Investment Scheme fraud with investor losses totalling approximately £5.5 million.  The disqualification proceedings resulted from the winding up the fraudulent company, following which the Official Receiver then sought to disqualify the individuals concerned in running the scheme for a  period of 12 years under the Company Director Disqualification Act 1996.   

Our client had been accused of acting as a Director and/or Shadow Director of the fraudulent company. The Official Receiver’s Solicitors argued that our client caused or allowed the fraudulent company to make misrepresentations to obtain and/or misappropriate funds in excess of £2 million from members of the public. The evidence in support was extensive and was contained in 6 boxes. The consequences for our client of losing would have been substantial because  not only would it have resulted in him not being able to carry on as a Director in his current business, but there would also have been a substantial costs order award against him, and also potential criminal proceedings with the real risk of a custodial sentence.    

Ian and Adam working with specialist regulatory barrister Jeremy Barnett, Head of Regulatory Law at St Paul’s Chambers, Leeds, successfully presented counter-arguments to the Official Receiver’s Solicitors in our client’s witness statement in reply. This involved a detailed analysis of the case and our client’s actions.  Our client’s witness statement exceeded 15,000 words and included multiple exhibits, and after considering our client’s evidence with their specialist  Counsel, the Official Receiver’s Solicitors accepted our client’s position.  We then successfully negotiated the discontinuance of the case against our client and the recovery of his costs.

   

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SEP
12

Latest instructions and successes for Lewis Nedas Commercial and Litigation Department and Ian Coupland, Adam Creasey and Annabelle Pantling

insider tradingIan Coupland:

  • Successfully settling a long-running commercial dispute in respect of our client’s rights – relating to the terms of a share purchase agreement;

  • Successful settlement of negotiations with Treasury Solicitors bona vacantia department relating to high value property portfolio;

  • Instructed to advise and represent a Director in Company Director Disqualification proceedings (several similar new instructions on cases of this nature). 

 

Adam Creasey:

  • Successfully settling a construction dispute worth £30,000.00 on behalf of Defendant company with very favourable result;

  • Acting for the Contractor in a construction dispute in the sum of £125,000.00, and is currently in the midst of successfully negotiating settlement;

 

Annabelle Pantling:

  • Successfully obtaining relief from forfeiture of a commercial lease within 48 hours of client’s initial instruction, client is back in and trading successfully, having turned over £10,000.00 within his first week re-trading;

  • Obtaining default judgment in the sum of £150,000.00 against a property investment company, of which our client was a former director and now Issuing winding up proceedings to obtain payment.

     

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MAY
05

New instructions for Lewis Nedas Law specialist lawyers

  1. FraudinvestigationJeffrey Lewis has been instructed in three separate Director Disqualification Proceedings and investigations, brought by The Insolvency Service and BEIS over the last 10 days. Jeffrey has many years of proven successes with these type of proceedings and investigations. He will work with Ian Coupland, Head of our Company Commercial Department on these particular cases;

  2. ACCA Interim Professional Disciplinary hearing success; Siobhain Egan represents a ACCA qualified accountant who is facing serious criminal proceedings in the Crown Court, which concern allegations of fraud within a charity. Our client self reported to the ACCA Disciplinary Committee and the matter was listed for an initial hearing. His advocate was Rishni Nathwani of 5 KBW Chambers, who also represents our client in the forthcoming criminal trial. As a result of intense detailed preparation, the Committee was persuaded not to impose any interim sanction, restriction or suspension order upon our client, after hearing Mr Nathwani's submissions. These focused upon the inherent weaknesses of the criminal case and the defence evidence which we had gathered so far to support his criminal defence at trial. Our client was delighted that he could continue to practice until the outcome of his criminal trial. No order for costs was made against him.

 

If you are facing ACCA Professional Disciplinary Proceedings and require genuinely experienced legal assistance, please contact us on 02073872032 or use our on line enquiry facility here.

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