Dudley Joiner, the businessman offering services to leaseholders, has told LKP that being disqualified as a company director for seven years has “no relevance to my current activity”.
The ban was imposed between 1993 and 2000 in the Chancery Division of the High Court following an action by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.
In the ruling (in full below), Judge Edward Evans-Lombe described Mr Joiner as “markedly cavalier” with other people’s money.
The judge said “the case was a serious one of its kind”. He ruled:
“The director [Mr Joiner] had procured the company to pay debts for which he was personally liable, had wrongly asserted ownership of an asset of the company in the administration, and had drawn remuneration out of proportion to the company’s trading success and financial health; the company had failed to file accounts in time or at all and had traded while insolvent, taking unwarranted risks with its creditors’ money and trading at the expense of moneys due to the Crown.
” … Throughout its history the director appeared to have behaved in a markedly cavalier fashion with the company’s creditors both actual and potential.”
Mr Joiner is the sole director of the Right To Manage Federation, the Leaseholder Association and Team Property Management, the managing agent at a number of sites that he has taken to right to manage.
He is also the director of various leaseholder right to manage companies, some of which have already achieved RTM.
In a statement to LKP, Mr Joiner said of his current activities: “We don’t hold client funds.”
His response comes in the same week, he informs us, that his new organisation the Leaseholder Association, which purports to be representative of leaseholders’ interests, held a one-day “pilot campaign” in Southampton.
The aim is to encourage flat purchasers to sign up to the association for £150 for the duration of ownership of the flat.
In return, they will receive access to advice and a dispute mediation service.
Its website says: “We are a not-for profit organisation who provide on-going support and advice to prospective and current leasehold owners. We only represent leaseholders, giving you confidence that your interests will be represented fairly and justly.”
Mr Joiner’s Right To Manage Federation is not a federation with members, but a commercial RTM facilitator.
Last year, Mr Joiner was the sole director of Quadrangle House RTM Limited, set up in March 2010. The block of 102 flats in Stratford east London was taken to RTM by the Right To Manage Federation.
Mr Joiner’s own property management company Team was subsequently appointed to manage the block.
Mr Joiner ended up being the sole director of Quadrangle House RTM Co Limited after two resident directors resigned.
Earlier this year, Mr Joiner resigned his position and six resident directors have been appointed.
The issues are reported on LKP here
In relation to his business record, Mr Joiner told LKP: “Past events more than 20 years ago have no relevance to my current activity.”
He suggested that it was “malicious” of LKP to raise the matter.
We are not publishing readers’ comments on this article, although we will include further statement on these issues if offered by Mr Joiner.