Law - Director's dissolved company to escape legal liabilities
Situation: A UK Limited Company
I will call 'developer' constructed a block of flats in 2003 having sold them 'off plan'. The 'developer' company contracted a 'builder', also a UK limited company to do the work. One of the directors was on the board of both companies. Another person was the company secretary of both companies.
A large number of problems were discovered. The company refused to remediate them in a timely manner. The NHBC eventually booted the company off the site and remediated all of the problems. The 'developer' and 'builder' companies were struck off the NHBC register. The 'developer' company was dissolved by its director in August 2008. The 'builder' company was dissolved by Companies House for not filing returns in June-2009.
We have recently uncovered some very serious structural problems with our building that may or may not be covered by our NHBC insurance which runs out next year. The defects are a result of negligent, incompetent or intentional cost-cutting by the builder to increase his profits. They all breach NHBC building standards and most of them contravene Building Regulations.
My questions are these: Do we have any legal redress against the 'developer' company directors now that the company has been dissolved? Same question in relation to the 'builder' company.
If you believe we have redress in UK law I need to know what case-law exists in this area and what the time-limits are for bringing litigation against a director of a limited company in the circumstances outlined.
Alternatively just tell me the "children born out of wedlock in Victorian times" have successfully managed to evade their legal responsibilities and I'll call it quits.