Croft Solicitors | Custodial sentence for contempt of Court
A Chief Executive and President of a defendant company in Commercial Court proceedings has been sentenced to an immediate and lengthy prison sentence of 18 months.
Custodial sentence for contempt of Court
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10 May Custodial sentence for contempt of Court

A Chief Executive and President of a defendant company in Commercial Court proceedings has been sentenced to an immediate and lengthy prison sentence of 18 months. The sanction of committal was enforceable against the individual as a director of the defendant.

In the case Todaysure Matthews Ltd and another v Marketing Ways Services Ltd and another [2016] EWHC 584 (Comm) (4 March 2016) (Lawtel), the CEO and President was held in contempt of court for breach of an undertaking to pay any money received under a performance guarantee into court. The Judge considered the contempt to be of the most serious kind and decided that a prison sentence of 18 months was appropriate. In reaching this conclusion, the judge took into account that the contempt was manifestly deliberate and done for very substantial financial gain.