About The Insolvency Service

The Individual Insolvency Register

The Register contains: *details of bankruptcies that are either current or have ended in the last 3 months *current individual voluntary arrangements and fast track voluntary arrangements *current bankruptcy restrictions orders and undertakings. What we do: *administer and investigate the affairs of bankrupts, of companies and partnerships wound up by the court, and establish why they became insolvent; *act as trustee/liquidator where no private sector insolvency practitioner is appointed; *act as nominee and supervisor in fast-track individual voluntary arrangements; *take forward reports of bankrupts’ and directors’ misconduct; *deal with the disqualification of unfit directors in all corporate failures; *deal with bankruptcy restrictions orders and undertakings; *authorise and regulate the insolvency profession; *assess and pay statutory entitlement to redundancy payments when an employer cannot or will not pay its employees; *provide banking and investment services for bankruptcy and liquidation estate funds; *advise BIS ministers and other government departments and agencies on insolvency, redundancy and related issues; *provide information to the public on insolvency and redundancy matters via our website, leaflets, Insolvency Enquiry Line and Redundancy Payments Helpline; and *conduct confidential fact-finding investigations into companies where it is in the public interest to do so. These enquiries are carried out by Companies Investigation Branch. How to search the register 1. On-line You can search the database on-line with just the surname (or even part of the surname) of the individual and the search can be of the whole of England and Wales, or the area covered by an individual Official Receiver’s office. The Service is an Executive Agency of the Department of Trade & Industry which deals with insolvency matters in England & Wales and some limited insolvency matters in Scotland. The Redundancy Payments Service is part of The Insolvency Service and deals with redundancy and associated payments in England, Scotland and Wales. Here at The Insolvency Service we are committed to giving you the best possible service and information. We have a strong tradition of providing the essential mechanisms and efficient means of dealing with individual & corporate insolvency, and investigating fraud & misconduct in insolvencies to ensure that genuine enterprise is advanced and consumers and the general public are protected. Our Redundancy Payments Offices assess and pay statutory entitlements fairly and effectively with the aim to lessen the burden and provide financial support for employees of insolvent businesses. The Insolvency Service operates under a statutory framework – mainly the Insolvency Acts 1986 and 2000, the Company Directors Disqualifications Act 1986 and the Employment Rights Act 1996. Our staff are based at our network of 38 Official Receiver offices throughout England and Wales; our Enforcement Directorate and Headquarters in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh; our Banking Section in Birmingham; and our Redundancy Payments offices in Edinburgh, Birmingham and Watford. As of 1st April 2006 Companies Investigation Branch of BIS transferred to The Service and is based in offices in both London and Manchester. The Law in England and Wales relating to bankruptcy is different to that in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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