| Call 2005
Dawn’s practice includes all aspects of Companies Court work such as disputes between directors and shareholders, minority shareholder relief and directors’ disqualification.Regarding the latter, Dawn was previously appointed Junior Counsel to the BIS (formerly, the BERR) for Directors’ Disqualification Directions hearings and as such, she has particular experience of directors’ duties and directors’ disqualification proceedings. She also appears in other company related applications, including company restorations and time extensions for registering charges.
Cases and Work of Note
- In the matter of AJC Contractors Limited: Instructed to advise on and defend a proceedings seeking a disqualification order against a former director under CDDA 1986 concerning allegations of trading to the detriment of the Crown and the failure to maintain, preserve and/or deliver up adequate accounting records.
- Norfolk Farm Vets Limited v Molly McKay: Defended an unfair prejudice petition presented pursuant to section 994 CA 2006. The case concerned various serious and wide ranging allegations of breaches of fiduciary duty against a director of the applicant company.
- Various applications pursuant to s17 CDDA 1986 for leave to act as a director despite being subject to a disqualification order.
- Trace Group Limited v Chapchal & Ors: As Junior (with Max Mallin) in a £4 million claim against company directors, concerning various allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, conspiracy and procuring breach of contract in the context of a management buyout effected after a protracted takeover battle between competing bids. The case was settled shortly before trial.
- As Junior Counsel to the BIS, Dawn was regularly instructed to appear in the Companies Court on behalf of the Secretary of State regarding applications by disqualified directors seeking leave to act, uncontested disposals and specific disclosure applications arising out of disqualification proceedings.