Company – Director. The claimant Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy sought orders disqualifying the defendants, who were the directors of two linked companies connected to a failed project to sell property in Brazil. The Chancery Division held that the second defendant's actions or inactions had not been serious failures when considering his role, his expertise and the circumstances. He had not acted with 'total negligence' or 'gross negligence' as required. However, the first defendant had misrepresented the truth and had perpetuated misrepresentations. His conduct warranted a period at the upper end of the upper bracket of disqualification, and he would be disqualified for a period of 14 years.