Council wins legal battle against Fleetwood owner Andy Pilley in civil court

Council wins legal battle against Fleetwood owner Andy Pilley in civil court

  1. A civil court has ruled against Andy Pilley, a businessman and the owner of Fleetwood, a League One side, who was convicted of fraudulent trading. Pilley had been involved in litigation with Cheshire West and Chester Council, along with a number of other utility firms based in the Fleetwood and Blackpool areas of Lancashire. The lawsuit was based on a number of complaints, including an allegation of misfeasance and the unlawful obtaining of search warrants. However, the council denied all allegations and the High Court judge, Mr Justice Freedman, ruled in their favour. The case involved non-domestic energy suppliers working in the small to medium-sized enterprise business market, and concerned allegations of mis-selling, which led to a criminal investigation. Last week, Pilley was found guilty of fraudulent trading, fraud by false representation, and being involved in the acquisition, retention, use or control of the proceeds of fraudulently mis-sold energy contracts. Three others were also convicted. The judge released his findings last Thursday following the conclusion of the trial. Pilley has been the chairman of Fleetwood for two decades, overseeing their rise from non-league status to the English Football League.
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