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Latest insolvency news

Credit union directors banned for flouting regulations

April 20th, 2017|

Three directors of a former Bournemouth-based credit union which went into administration owing more than ?7m have received lengthy*bans. Richard Charles Nichols, Phillip Raymond Neale and Gillian Birkett were directors of Enterprise The Business C...

Loan brokerage directors banned

April 20th, 2017|

Jos Timmer (also known as James Thompson) and Elizabeth Sarah Rowe have been disqualified as directors for the nefarious trading activities of an internet loan brokerage they*ran. Mr Timmer, a Dutch national, has been disqualified for 12 years, whi...

PPI company director gets 10-year ban

April 20th, 2017|

Dean Anthony Spencer, the director of Claim & Gain Limited, has been banned for misleading customers and breaching government*regulations.

Mr Spencer gave an undertaking to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, effective from 4 April 2017, preventing him from directly or indirectly becoming involved in the promotion, formation or management of a company for the duration of the term.

Claim & Gain, with Mr Spencer as director, misled the public in sales calls regarding claims services offered, fees charged, outsourcing to third parties and cancellations. Services paid for by customers were not provided and fees were deducted from customers without their authorisation.

Claim & Gain engaged in unfair trading practices contrary to Regulation 22 of the Compensation (Claims Management Services) Regulations 2006 as authorised and regulated by the Ministry of Justice. Following an investigation and subsequent warnings from the Ministry of Justice, Mr Spencer failed to rectify the breaches and continued to mislead customers by taking ?upfront? fees from a further 149 customers.

Commenting on the disqualification, Robert Clarke, Investigations Group Leader at the Insolvency Service said:

The compensation regulations provide protection to the general public from unfair sales techniques by agents for companies operating within the claims management sector.

When company directors do not comply with legislation that is designed to protect customers and avoidable losses result, The Insolvency Service will seek lengthy periods of disqualification. This should serve as a warning to other directors who may feel tempted to breach customer protection legislation. The Insolvency Service will rigorously pursue directors who deliberately mislead and breach the trust of customers.

The Insolvency Service is grateful for the assistance provided by the Ministry of Justice, Trading Standards and the Legal Ombudsman.

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