Shaun Bright was disqualified for 11 years at Portsmouth County Court on 4 December 2013 for acting as a shadow director in breach an original 7 year ban, which was imposed on him in 2006. This follows an investigation by the Insolvency Service.

The disqualification, from 26 December 2013, prevents Mr Bright from being involved directly or indirectly in the promotion, formation or management of a limited company without leave of the court until December 2024.

Mr Brights disqualification follows investigations into the financial affairs and conduct of the directors of Hamptons Manufacturing Limited (Hamptons), which went into administration on 15 June 2011 with a deficiency of over 1.5 million.

Hamptons, which also traded as Hamptons Manufacturing Plc and Pinetum, operated as a furniture manufacturer from September 2010 onwards. Shaun Bright, who was at that time banned from acting as a director, nonetheless presented himself as one to customers.

Although Mr Bright had not been formally appointed as a director, he carried out management duties including signing documents, issuing cheques and exercising financial control, instructing employees and making key decisions regarding customers and suppliers.

These activities meant Mr Bright was acting contrary to the terms of his disqualification order which clearly stated he should not act as a director without leave of the court. No application to the court had been made by Mr Bright. No suggestion was made by the Insolvency Service that the formally appointed directors of Hamptons were aware that Shaun Bright was disqualified during the period in question.

Commenting on the disqualification, Mark Bruce, a Chief Examiner at the Insolvency Service, said:

Mr Bright flagrantly ignored his previous disqualification and has opened himself up to possible criminal proceedings and personal exposure for the debts of the company. He has made his bed and must now lie in it.

The period of disqualification provided by the court in these latest proceedings indicate the seriousness with which the Insolvency Service views this sort of unfit behaviour.