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Hello, this is Jim and I am a dual-qualified lawyer (UK and Republic of Ireland) and happy to help you today.
You would have to consider suing the director who resides in Hong Kong, as they owe a sum of money which, if it is unpaid, would mean the other directors are liable for.
Bailiffs can be turned away and you can say the debt is disputed and subject to a potential court case against the director who lives in HK (only if there is a court order can a court bailiff enforce the court order - potentially high court enforcement officers can attend and seize goods but until the debt is approved by the court, any debt collectors can be turned away if they visit you).
You can negotiate with HMRC but bear in mind if you have assets or own a property HMRC tends to favour a bankruptcy petition (in my experience). HMRC could decide to pursue the director who lives in HK but that would cost them money to pursue someone who lives there and it would be easier for HMRC to pursue the other directors if it means less hassle for them and to recover their money back at less cost to them.
You could sue the director in HK assuming you have their address - you can start proceedings in the UK and ask the court for permission to serve proceedings out of jurisdiction (N1 claim form is used as is the N510 form which asks the court to serve out of the UK). The problem with issuing a court claim is the court issue fee - see page 5 of the following link for the court fee structure :
It would be an idea to instruct a law firm - Hill Dickinson has officers in both UK and HK, as does Kennedys Law.
It would be more effective to use a law firm to recover the monies owed by the director living in HK and keeping HMRC informed of your plans too.
They should be amenable to a period of time whereby you can pursue the director who is proving evasive.
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