UK Government

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Furniture Firm Owner in the Hot Seat

Press Release   •   Feb 12, 2010 10:56 GMT

A former furniture firm director from South Wales has been given an eight month prison sentence for running companies whilst disqualified following a prosecution by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Sixty-five year old Hugh Lucie-Smith was found guilty of three offences under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 and an offence under the Insolvency Act 1986 after a ten day trial at Isleworth Crown Court in London.

Despite being disqualified, he acted as the shadow director of Classic Choice Furnishings Ltd (Bridgend), Heirloom Furniture Ltd (Pontllanfraith) and Classic Choice Direct Ltd (Bridgend) between October 2003 and January 2005.

All three companies eventually failed leaving combined debts in excess of £2 million and costing many local people their jobs.

Notes to Editors

  • Hugh Heskett Lucie-Smith was disqualified from being a director of a company for three years on 23 September 2003 following the liquidation of Burlington 1864 Limited.
  • Lucie-Smith  was found guilty of the following charges on Monday 8 February at Isleworth Crown Court:
  • Three counts of acting in the promotion, formation or management of a company while disqualified contrary s.13 Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986.
  • One count of being a shadow director of a company with a prohibited name contrary to s.216 of the Insolvency Act 1986.
  • Please contact the Department for Business press office on 0207 215 3496 for more information.

    Notes to editors

    Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

    The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is building a dynamic and competitive UK economy by: creating the conditions for business success; promoting innovation, enterprise and science; and giving everyone the skills and opportunities to succeed. To achieve this it will foster world-class universities and promote an open global economy. BIS - Investing in our future.


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