Michael George Vaughan Smith, a director of AMK Developments Limited, has been disqualified for 9 years for acting as a director of a limited company whilst already disqualified.

Mr Smiths co director Anna Victoria Hardaker (Mrs Hardaker) the de jure director, has been disqualified for 5 years for allowing Mr. Smith to act as a director whilst he was banned from doing so.

Mr. Smiths and Mrs Hardakers disqualifications follow an investigation by the Insolvency Service.

The investigation showed that a Disqualification Undertaking was given by Mr Smith in April 2011. Despite knowledge of the restrictions he was subject to he continued to act as a director of AMK without leave of the Court, in breach of the restrictions.

Commenting on the disqualification, Sue Macleod, Chief Investigator at the Insolvency Service, said:

This result should make it very clear to disqualified directors that merely registering their resignation, while not changing their role in a company, will lead to further censure.

Mr Smith (55) has given an undertaking to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skill, which prevents him from becoming directly or indirectly involved in the promotion, formation or management of a company for 9 years from 10 November 2014. Mrs Hardaker (33) has given a similar undertaking for 5 years from 10 November 2014.

In giving his undertaking, Mr Smith accepted that:
Between 29 April 2011 and 8 November 2012, he acted as a director of AMK Developments Limited without leave of the court whilst he was subject to a disqualification undertaking.

In giving her undertaking, Mrs Hardaker accepted that:
Between 29 April 2011 and 8 November 2012, she allowed a third party to act as a director of AMK Developments Limited without leave of the court whilst he was subject to a disqualification undertaking.