Eoin Frederick Murray, acted as a director of South Devon Construction SW Ltd (SW), a construction company based in South Devon and has been disqualified as a director for 14 years for acting as a director whilst disqualified.
David John Constable, the de jure director of SW has also been disqualified as a director for 7 years for allowing Mr Murray to act as a director despite knowing that Mr Murray was disqualified.
Eoin Frederick Murrays disqualification from 4 November 2014 means that he cannot promote, manage, or be a director of a limited company until 2028.
David John Constables disqualification from 10 November 2014 means that he cannot promote, manage, or be a director of a limited company until 2021.
Commenting on this case Paul Titherington, Official Receiver in the Public Interest Unit, said:
Mr Murray has been subject to 2 previous disqualification orders and had shown a blatant disregard for the insolvency proceedings. This further disqualification means that he will be unable to act as a director for an extended period of time and giving significant protection to the trading community and the public purse .
Mr Constable is also culpable in allowing Mr Murray to act as a director despite having knowledge that he was disqualified from doing so. This disqualification should notify others that the Insolvency Service will not ignore abrogation of responsibilities.
The disqualifications follow investigations by Companies Investigation Live part of the Insolvency Service who also wound up 4 other connected companies, namely South Devon Construction Ltd, South Devon Services Ltd, South Devon Construction Exeter Ltd and Nationwide Shopfitters Ltd on the basis that Mr Murray was acting as a director of these companies whilst disqualified and The Public Interest Unit a specialist team within the Insolvency Service who investigated the conduct of the directors.
The investigation uncovered that between 19 November 2010 and 14 August 2012 Mr Murray acted as a director of SW in communications with various third parties and sub-contractors despite being subject to 2 disqualification orders as well as being bankrupt. All of this activity was undertaken without leave of the court to act as a director. Mr Constable, as de jure director, allowed this conduct to occur.