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By Daniel Thomas, BBC News

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Two former administrators of BHS have been ordered to pay a minimum of £18m to collectors over their function within the collapse of the retailer eight years in the past.

A courtroom discovered Lennart Henningson and Dominic Chandler accountable for wrongful buying and selling, misfeasance buying and selling and misfeasance over their administration of the High Street chain.

BHS made headlines when it fell into administration with a billion kilos price of buying and selling liabilities and pension money owed in 2016.

It got here after retail tycoon Sir Philip Green bought the ailing enterprise to Dominic Chappell, a former racing driver with no retail expertise, for £1 in March 2015.

Just over a 12 months into his possession the chain went underneath, leading to 11,000 job losses and a £571m pensions shortfall.

Sir Philip Green was closely criticised on the time for agreeing to the deal, and later agreed a £363m money settlement with the Pensions Regulator to plug the hole within the pension scheme.

On Wednesday, Mr Justice Leech dominated that Mr Henningson and Mr Chandler, who labored for Mr Chappell’s firm Retail Acquisitions, had breached their company duties by persevering with to commerce regardless of understanding there was no affordable likelihood that BHS may keep away from insolvency.

Each should pay £6.5m for wrongful buying and selling and £5.6m between them for the fees of misfeasance.

The males may face further fines of as much as £133.5m for misfeasance buying and selling alongside Mr Chappell who himself faces claims from collectors.

Justice Leech will make an additional ruling on what extra Mr Henningson and Mr Chandler owe later in June.

‘Substantial cuts to pensions’

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Dominic Chappell was jailed for tax evasion in 2016

FRP Advisory, the corporate appearing as liquidator to BHS, introduced the case in opposition to the administrators on behalf of collectors owed cash following the retailer’s collapse. These embrace the federal government’s Pension Protection Fund.

Claims confronted by Dominic Chappell shall be thought of at a separate listening to this month.

The disgraced former entrepreneur was jailed for six years in 2020 for tax evasion.

A courtroom heard he didn’t pay £584,000 in tax on the £2.2m of revenue he obtained after shopping for BHS. It was additionally claimed that he used the cash to purchase two yachts, a Bentley and a vacation within the Bahamas.

According to a 2016, Parliamentary Select Committee listening to, the collapse of BHS “created many losers” but additionally “winners”.

Along with those that misplaced their jobs, round 20,000 present and future pensioners confronted “substantial cuts to their entitlements”.

But it mentioned “many of those closest to the decisions that led to the collapse of BHS walked away greatly enriched despite the company’s failure”.

FRP mentioned it had been working to claw again cash owed to collectors and made “very substantial recoveries” since 2016.