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Complaint Review: Charlie Southall Dragonfly Productions

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  • Submitted: Fri, March 01, 2013
  • Updated: Fri, March 01, 2013

  • Reported By: Morse — Cambridge Other United Kingdom
Charlie Southall Dragonfly Productions
14d Walpole Terrace Internet United States of America

Charlie Southall Dragonfly Productions Liar, fantasist, Wlater Mitty Internet

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This company is NOT to be confused or associated in any way with  Dragonfly Film and Television Productions which really IS a credible and entirely legitimate broadcast television company [1]

Charlie Southall is a 'Walter Mitty' creating the fantasy of running a London-based TV production company working with Blue Chip cleints... He was recently 'caught out' trying to claim credit for the award winning "One Born Every Minute" - A programme made by another company!

His claims with regards to blue chip clients CANNOT be verified. And the reality is he trades on another company's good name and reputation. He is also not averse to lying about more successful companies

The following facts are worthy of note, and we offer them in  the interests of protecting the public. Please note that the information here has been gathered from official UK government records. [continued below]....
....... It IS  checkable.

According to Companies House [2] data gathered and referenced at Duedil - A UK company reference source - [3]

- Dragonfly Productions UK Limited "was launched in January 2005 by  Charlie Southall."

Official UK Government data reflects the company was  not incorporated until 27 May 2005 and was in fact dissolved on 22 Nov  2011 following moves to have the company struck off.

UK Government information [4] makes it clear that:

"Sections 1004 and 1005 of the Companies Act 2006 set out the circumstances in which the company may not apply to be struck off. For  example, the company may not make an application for voluntary strike  off if, at any time in the last 3 months, it has traded or otherwise  carried on business"

This, combined with official records clearly indicates that Dragonfly  Productions UK Limited, the company started by Southall in 2005 has not  traded since at least the 22nd of August 2011.

Further noteworthy information is that the trading and registered  addresses for this, now defunct company were in fact  mailing/accommodation services provided by SRC Taxation Consultancy Limited [5] There is actually no evidence the company was ever actually operated from London.

Official records of Directorship accessed via Duedil [6] show Southall as having utilised the "Dragonfly" brand several times -  These records show two manifestations of 'the company' that have folded.

The current manifestation of Southall's 'Dragonfly' productions is, in fact "Dragonfly Digital Video Services Ltd"[7] which, according to oficial records has both its registered office and trading address as:

Blenheim House 56 Old Steine Brighton East Sussex BN1 1NH United Kingdom

It was incorporated on the 10 Mar 2011

This is, of course entirely at odds with the claims to be "london based" or established in 2005. Furthermore, the address used is ALSO found to  be the address of SRC Chartered Accountants [8] a company that does offer its clients both mailing-accomodation and registered office addresses.

In fact 18 Soho Square, the address claimed to be Dragonfly's 'London  Base' is merely a Mailing Address & Meeting Room facility in central London run by Callitech Limited, Trading as 'Moneypenny'[9] - There is no physical presence of the company there, and the facility is used by many dozens of clients.

Part 5, Chapter 6 of the Companies Act 2006 concerns the trading  disclosures, brought into force by the Companies (Trading Disclosures)  Regulations 2008 (as amended) on 01 October 2008. According to that  statute every company must:[10]

The company must show in legible lettering, on all business letters, order forms and any of the company's websites:

the place of registration
the registered number
the registered office address, and
if it is being wound up, that fact

Attention is drawn to the fact that not only is the place of  registration missing from any material published by Charlie Southall in  relation to Dragonfly productions, he repeatedly mis-represents his  business as 'London Based', citing the Soho address.

Clearly this is a material matter, as truly London based production companies can command much higher feees than those outside London. In a self-published article, Southall is described as - [11]

"With an Audi sports car, a Soho office" - Factually, he has no "Soho  Office", merely paid access to a public meeting facility there.

Researching the issue with respected legal sources [12] we discover that: "The tort of deceit provides a civil remedy for an individual who has relied on a false representation to their detriment and requires the following elements to be proven:

An individual has made a representation to another party which is false
The individual knows it to be false or was reckless as to the truth of the statement
There is an intention to deceive and it is acted upon
Loss is suffered as a consequence"

Clearly then there is a wilfull mis-representaion of this company  being "London Based" which, if relied upon by a client could cause loss  in the sense that London rates are charged for a provincial service. It is then prudent to check and cross check all other claims of this
company.

References:

1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragonfly_Film_and_Television_Productions

2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Companies_house^ https://www.duedil.com/company/05466292/dragonfly-productions-uk-limited

3 http://www.companieshouse.gov.uk/about/gbhtml/gp4.shtml#ch1^ https://www.duedil.com/company/02600843/src-taxation-consultancy-ltd

4 https://www.duedil.com/director/910954482/charles-southall^ https://www.duedil.com/company/07559359/dragonfly-digital-video-services-ltd

5 http://www.srctaxation.co.uk/home/index.html^ http://www.moneypennyvirtualoffice.com/Mailing-Addresses-And-Meeting-Rooms/London/Soho-Square.aspx^

6 http://www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/cgi-bin/Aberdeen/bus1item.cgi?file=*BADV046-1111.txt^

7 http://www.dragonflyproductions.co.uk/blog/industry-news/dragonflys-charlie-southall/^

8 http://www.inbrief.co.uk/offences/fraud.htm

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