Married construction directors banned for nine years each

The married couple in charge of a construction company which went into liquidation in July 2020 after they diverted funds away from creditors have been disqualified for nine years each.

Jane Thornton, 54, and Norman Thornton, 65, from Telford, were both directors of the construction company Norjan (Properties) Limited, which went into liquidation in July 2020 with liabilities of more than £411,000.

The liquidator discovered that Norjan had informed its major client to direct payments into a new bank account from January 2020. This account belonged to a third party and more than £124,000 was paid into it between February 2020 and April 2020.

The subsequent Insolvency Service investigation also established that the company had been trading while insolvent from at least 31 July 2017, and had an outstanding County Court Judgement of nearly £34,500.

Both Jane Thornton and Norman Thornton accepted that by diverting funds to the new account, they left the business unable to repay its creditors.

The secretary of state accepted signed undertakings from both directors on 19 August 2021. Their disqualifications are effective from 9 September 2021 and last for nine years each.

The pair cannot, directly or indirectly, be involved in the promotion, formation or management of a company without the permission of the court.

Nina Cassar, chief investigator for the Insolvency Service, said: “In December 2019, Mr Thornton told bailiffs that Norjan (Properties) Limited didn’t have any funds to pay its debts. Then, with knowledge of the financial position, over £124,000 was placed out of the reach of creditors.

“This ban should serve as a warning to other directors that you have a duty to your creditors. If you neglect this duty, you could be investigated by the Insolvency Service and lose the privilege of limited liability trading.”

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  1. And what will happen to the director of Carillion? Nothing I suspect. The old boy’s network will close ranks and … There really is no justice in this world.

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