Mr Hampton was adjudicated bankrupt five years previously. Following his public examination and the filing of the Official Assignee's report, the Official Assignee and Commissioner of Inland Revenue (a creditor) accepted Mr Hampton should be discharged, but sought the imposition of conditions.
Venning J reviewed Mr Hampton's actions before and during bankruptcy, including his history of default in relation to tax obligations, his late filing of the statement of affairs required under the Act, and his conduct in relation to a property in which he had an interest (leading to a reduction in moneys available for creditors). He found there was a real concern as to Mr Hampton's ability to comply with commercial obligations resting with a person who is self-employed, holds a directorship or management role in a company, or otherwise deals with members of the commercial community. As a consequence, he ordered Mr Hampton's discharge subject to supervision for four years.
The decision can be found here.