If you are a company director or officer facing criminal charges or an investigation from a regulatory body, our solicitors can provide advice and assistance in relation to a broad range of enquiries and prosecutions.
We understand that an investigation can have a devastating impact on your reputation and credibility, so it is vital you seek expert legal advice as soon as possible.
Our regulatory lawyers defend company directors against charges relating to serious fraud, money laundering, FCA enquiries and regulatory and disciplinary offences.
Furthermore, we offer advice and assistance in relation to director disqualification following a criminal conviction, a disciplinary offence or a breach of professional regulations.
Section 5 of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 allows the Magistrates’ Court to make a Disqualification Order for up to 5 years. In more serious cases, such as complex fraud and other dishonesty offences, the court can make a Disqualification Order for up to 15 years.
Director disqualification proceedings can be issued within two years from the date when the company was placed in liquidation or administration.
It is a criminal offence to breach a Disqualification Order and carries a maximum of two years imprisonment and/or a fine. Furthermore, a director can also be made personally liable for the debt of the company concerned.
It is important that you seek legal advice as early as possible, whether you are facing investigation as a director, or are concerned about a breach of an Order. Our experienced regulatory lawyers at Nicholls & Nicholls can provide clear advice and representation at interviews and hearings.
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