Former BHS owner found guilty of 3 charges

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When he finally replied, he claimed BHS's administrator had barred all access to data, Mr Stein said.

Dominic Chappell, the majority shareholder of Retail Acquisitions, the organisation that bought BHS for £1, has been found guilty of failing to provide information to The Pensions Regulator (TPR) during the sale of the British retail organisation.

Ashworth said: "All the requests made were valid and reasonable and all the time frames to fulfil these requests were also reasonable". "We feel that this case has not been treated fairly and we will look deeply into this".

The Pensions Regulator, which is based in Brighton, served a legal notice requiring Chappell to hand over information about the sale and subsequent collapse of BHS. It is not the one we were looking for.

Nicola Parish, the Pensions Regulator's executive director of frontline regulation, said: "We are satisfied with the outcome of this case, the latest in a series of successful prosecutions by the Pensions Regulator for offences of this kind. This conviction shows the courts recognise its importance and that anyone who fails to co-operate with our information notices risks getting a criminal record". It made a second request in May 2016 and a further approach in February 2017.

Sir Philip, who recently agreed a £363m deal with the Pension Regulator to help set up a new pension fund for BHS staff, has always denied any wrongdoing in connection with the failure of BHS.

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During the trial, Chappell had attempted to portray himself as a man more sinned against than sinning, claiming that he had wanted to cooperate with the regulator, but that his efforts had been curtailed by a number of factors.

He said: "This defendant has refused to provide, to the best of his abilities, responses to the section 72s".

Dominic Chappell has told a court that The Pension Regulator carried out a "hostile and deliberate act" against BHS when it served him with an investigative notice. It is understood to be seeking more than £10m from Chappell.

A spokesman for the regulator said: "Our separate anti-avoidance action against Dominic Chappell continues".

He has been ordered by the judge to provide "a full financial explanation of his income, outgoings, assets" at his sentencing at Winchester Crown Court, sitting as a magistrates court, on January 19.

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