Re: So why not...
"So why not start fining the controlling persons rather than the corporate entity itself?"
Exactly the sort of thing I tried to get the Minister to accept twenty years ago as a possible way of preventing the typical scenario where a limited company goes bust owing me money, and then starts up as a new company the following day in the same premises with the same people and the same stock - much of which I had supplied and never got paid for.
The Minister was not persuaded. Apparently I did not "assist my case" by claiming that this sort of thing goes on all the time, providing evidence only from about a dozen companies who had done it to me in the past couple of years.
Anyway, after a long and fruitless correspondence the Minister was sent to prison for perjury.
Yes, that Minister.
It was more or less at that point that I gave up on the whole fucking lot of them.