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Refreshed and updated guidance

Refreshed and updated guidance

We've completed the refresh of our guidance.

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Modernised insolvency rules introduced

Modernised insolvency rules introduced

New rules which guide insolvency practice have come into force.

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Telephoning the Redundancy Payments Service

Telephoning the Redundancy Payments Service

The issue that was affected the Redundancy Payment Service insolvency practitioners phone line has been resolved.

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The Insolvency Service newsletter: winter 2017

The Insolvency Service newsletter: winter 2017

In our Winter newsletter we look how insolvency forms are changing, welcome our newly appointed chairman, directors and criminal enforcement team, and put the spotlight on our work with the Home Office to disqualify the directors of companies employing illegal workers.

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Contacting the Insolvency Enquiry Line

Contacting the Insolvency Enquiry Line

Due to telephony issues our Insolvency Enquiry Line is currently unavailable.

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2016 corporate and personal insolvency statistics

2016 corporate and personal insolvency statistics

Corporate and personal insolvency statistics for 2016 have been published.

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Insolvency Service forms: removal and replacement

Insolvency Service forms: removal and replacement

From 6 April 2017, as part of the changes introduced by the Insolvency (England & Wales) Rules 2016, all statutory forms relating to insolvency procedures will be withdrawn.

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New Board chairman appointed

New Board chairman appointed

Credit, debt and insolvency specialist Stephen Allinson has been appointed chairman of the Insolvency Service Board.

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Accessing our online services

Accessing our online services

Our online services are currently unavailable.

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Email scam warning

Email scam warning

We are aware that people are receiving emails with the subject line of Company Investigations Inquiry Notice.

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Technical problems with our enquiry line

Technical problems with our enquiry line

We are working to fix a fault affecting the Insolvency Enquiry Line.

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Insolvency Rules: Table of destinations now available

Insolvency Rules: Table of destinations now available

This news article provides a table indicating the destination of the provisions in the 1986 rules

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Modernised insolvency rules commence in April 2017

Modernised insolvency rules commence in April 2017

The new rules which will guide insolvency practice from April 2017 have been published.

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Launch of the new Debt Relief Order service (DRO2): What you need to know

Launch of the new Debt Relief Order service (DRO2): What you need to know

We are beginning a phased roll out of the new DRO2 service on 01 September 2016.

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The Insolvency Service newsletter: summer 2016

The Insolvency Service newsletter: summer 2016

In our summer stakeholder newsletter we provide updates on insolvency service fees, tackling pension scams, the review of the corporate insolvency framework, our new complaints procedure, measuring customer satisfaction and improvements to the online debt advice tool on GOV.UK.

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Insolvency Live! What happened?

Insolvency Live! What happened?

Our inaugural stakeholder event, Insolvency Live! was held on 28 July 2016. Find out how it went.

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Insolvency Live! What happened?

Insolvency Live! What happened?

Our inaugural stakeholder event, Insolvency Live! was held on 28 July 2016. Find out how it went.

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Companies offering ‘investment’ in US oil wells closed down

Companies offering ‘investment’ in US oil wells closed down

Two companies that sold dubious oil investment products to members of the public in the UK have been wound-up in the High Court.

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Changes to Official Receiver's Fees

Changes to Official Receiver's Fees

The fees charged to apply for bankruptcy and company insolvency are changing from 21 July 2016.

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Changes to insolvency fees

Changes to insolvency fees

The fees charged to apply for bankruptcy and company insolvency are changing from 21 July 2016.

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Changes to the Official Receiver’s Bank Account details

Changes to the Official Receiver’s Bank Account details

On the 30th June 2016, the Official Receiver’s Lloyds bank account will close. Please amend your records to reflect the new account details.

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BHS in administration – information for employees

BHS in administration – information for employees

BHS entered insolvency on 22 April 2016. Duff & Phelps were appointed as administrators.

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Registrations open for Insolvency Live!

Registrations open for Insolvency Live!

The Insolvency Service is hosting our inaugural stakeholder event, Insolvency Live! on 28 July 2016 in London.

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Publicising Scottish company director disqualification orders

Publicising Scottish company director disqualification orders

We will stop publishing advertising disqualification orders obtained in Scotland in the Edinburgh Gazette from 1 June 2016.

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Tackling director misconduct

Tackling director misconduct

The Insolvency Service disqualified more than 1,200 company directors and wound up 131 companies in the public interest in 2015/16.

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Changes to the bankruptcy application process: what you need to know

Changes to the bankruptcy application process: what you need to know

The bankruptcy application process and fee were changed on 06 April 2016.

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11 year directorship ban for restaurant boss who fiddled cash takings

11 year directorship ban for restaurant boss who fiddled cash takings

Mrs Sakine Ulas, a director of Milox Limited trading as Divan Restaurant a Turkish restaurant based in Borehamwood Hertfordshire, has been disqualified from acting as a company director for 11 years for deliberately failing to ensure that the company had properly and accurately accounted for VAT and corporation tax.

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Upcoming changes to the bankruptcy application process: what you need to know

Upcoming changes to the bankruptcy application process: what you need to know

If you are in the process of or are thinking about applying for bankruptcy, it’s important that you understand the changes to the application process that are happening on 06 April 2016.

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Law Society Application to cease as a recognised professional body for Insolvency Practitioners

Law Society Application to cease as a recognised professional body for Insolvency Practitioners

The Law Society has applied to the Secretary of State for Business to give up its status as a recognised professional body for insolvency practitioners.

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The Insolvency Service newsletter: spring 2016

The Insolvency Service newsletter: spring 2016

In our spring stakeholder newsletter we provide updates on the Rules, online bankruptcy applications, recent enforcement successes, a new way to report on directors' conduct, changes to Official Receiver fees and more.

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Director banned after Brazilian restaurant chain submitted false VAT returns

Director banned after Brazilian restaurant chain submitted false VAT returns

Volnei Augusto Borgert has been disqualified from acting as a director for 7 years for causing Camboriu Restaurants Limited to file false VAT returns and for taking £47,280 from the company in the last month of trading, after being told not to.

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Accessing our online services

Accessing our online services

We are aware that some people using Chrome and Firefox as the internet browser to access our online services are currently experiencing difficulties.

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Accessing our online services

Accessing our online services

Issues accessing our online services using Chrome and Firefox

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Recognition for Insolvency Service Chairman

Recognition for Insolvency Service Chairman

We are delighted that the Chair of the Insolvency Service’s Board, David Ereira, has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list with an OBE.

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Follow us on social media for more updates

Follow us on social media for more updates

1,500 new readers followed The Insolvency Service on Twitter during 2015.

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Nozomi restaurant boss throws in the towel at court and gets extended director ban

Nozomi restaurant boss throws in the towel at court and gets extended director ban

Marios Georgallides, of Highgate, London, has been disqualified from acting as a company director for a further 12 years for acting as a director whilst already disqualified, for failing to pay crown debts of £1.3m and for abusing a company’s banking facilities.

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The Law Society Scotland: application to give up designation as professional body

The Law Society Scotland: application to give up designation as professional body

The Law society Scotland has applied to the Secretary of State for Business to give up its designation as a professional body for insolvency practitioners.

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Holiday Pay claims to the Redundancy Payments Service

Holiday Pay claims to the Redundancy Payments Service

Information about claims to the Redundancy Payments Service for Holiday Pay prior to August 2011

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The Insolvency Service newsletter: Autumn 2015

The Insolvency Service newsletter: Autumn 2015

In our Autumn newsletter we cover changes to the insolvency regime, new measures to strengthen the director disqualification process, developing the new online bankruptcy service, recent cases dealt with by the Official Receiver and more.

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New insolvency measures

New insolvency measures

Changes are being introduced to insolvencies, the director disqualification process and the regulation of insolvency practitioners following the passage of the Deregulation Act 2015 and Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015.

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Insolvency Service online services

Insolvency Service online services

We have now resolved the issues we have been experiencing this week with our online services.

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Update Wednesday 13 April 2016: SSI steel works: information for employees and creditors

Update Wednesday 13 April 2016: SSI steel works: information for employees and creditors

Sahaviriya Steel Industries UK Limited (SSI) has been wound up in the High Court and the Official Receiver has been appointed as liquidator.

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New Insolvency Service publications

New Insolvency Service publications

The Insolvency Service is launching new and improved guidance content. Update: New guide to bankruptcy published.

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