Earlier this month, Mr Gumbley, who spent time in prison on a corruption charge, was made bankrupt after failing to settle a bill for pounds 15,000 to his former solicitors, Trowers &Hamblins.
However, Mr Gumbley plans to fight the bankruptcy order, arguing that the solicitors had a conflict of interest when they were acting for him. At the time, Trowers &Hamblins acted for another Astra director, Stephan Adolph Kock, who back in 1990 boasted of leading the boardroom revolt that led to the resignation of Mr Gumbley as a director of the company.
It had taken Trowers &Hamblins more than three years to go down the bankruptcy route in an attempt to recover its fees. 'Lawyers are always reluctant to sue their clients,' a spokesman said.Reuse content