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The Insolvency (England & Wales) Rules 2016 – April 2017

6th April 2017

The Insolvency (England & Wales) Rules 2016 rules which guide insolvency practice have come into force (6 April 2017).


The modernised and consolidated rules replace the Insolvency Rules 1986 and their 28 subsequent amendments. The rules have been recast to reflect modern business practice and to make the insolvency process more efficient.

Changes include:- 

  • enabling electronic communications with creditors
  • removing the automatic requirement to hold physical creditors meetings, although creditors will be able to request such meetings
  • enabling creditors to opt out of further correspondence and for small debts to be paid by the office holder without requiring a formal claim from creditors

The Insolvency (England & Wales) Rules 2016 were developed in cooperation with the insolvency profession as part of the government’s Red Tape Challenge. It is expected that they will save businesses an estimated £20 million annually enabling greater returns to the creditors of insolvent businesses.

The rules apply in England and Wales. We understand that a parallel project to modernise the Scottish insolvency rules is currently underway in partnership with the Scottish Government.

The old 1986 statutory forms relating to insolvency procedures have now been withdrawn and should no longer be used. The Insolvency Service has provided “a limited number of templates for matters that fall under the responsibility of the Insolvency Service” and use of forms will ensure full compliance with the new rules when completed properly. These are available in FormEvo.

The Insolvency Service has stated that “You may use an alternative template/form but you will be responsible for ensuring its content complies with the Rules”.  A document that fails to comply may not be accepted by the intended recipient including the office holder (official receiver, liquidator or trustee) or the court, for example.

Should you require any adaptations to suit your practice needs please contact us detailing your requirements.

View range of the new Insolvency forms now available in FormEvo


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