The four directors – Paul Timothy Hayward Ford, Simon John Ford, Michael Alexander Wallen and Simon Antony Earl – of failed wine investment company, Vinance plc, ought to be acutely uncomfortable reading the administrators’ report released by Herron Fisher on 17th December 2012. It is clear from the report that the company records were both ‘inadequate’ and ‘incomplete’. So poor were records that it has not yet been possible to establish exactly how much is owed to investors.
The report indicates that the directors were criminally negligent with their clients' investments, especially as it is highly likely that clients sold other investments/savings in order to buy wines that they were not allocated or in some cases not immediately bought. I use ‘criminally negligent’ is a broad not legal sense here. The directors promoted Vinance plc as an investment company able to offer its clients good returns on their wine purchased from them. Yet they cared so little about their investors’ financial health that they failed to put in place proper records.