Dominic Chappell is having legal action taken against him by the Insolvency Service as it aims to force him to co-operate in its BHS investigation.
According to Sky News, the former BHS owner, who helmed the company for just over a year before its collapse, has failed to provide information relevant to the Insolvency Service’s inquiry.
The government body, which investigates bankrupt companies, is expected to appear in court on April 27 where it hopes to secure an order forcing Chappell to fully co-operate. It is not yet clear what information is being requested.
A spokesperson for the Insolvency Service told Sky News that it “has powers, on behalf of the Secretary of State, to apply to court to enforce co-operation with its investigations”.
The Pensions Regulator – which recently secured a £362 million settlement from Sir Philip Green, who owned BHS for 15 years before Chappell, in relation to the department store’s pension deficit scandal – is also persuing Chappell.
It seeks to secure a further £17 million from Chappell towards the £571 million deficit that was left after retailer’s demise.
Sky News reported that Chappell could not be reached for comment.
A spokesperson on behalf of Chappell said last month that he was “working very hard with the liquidator to recover and preserve nearly £50 million, which will benefit the creditors and BHS pensioners”.