What insolvency practitioners do
Insolvency practitioners are usually solicitors or accountants who specialise in insolvency cases. For example, they can act as the:
- 'trustee' in a bankruptcy – where they take control of and sell a bankrupt’s assets
- 'supervisor' in an individual voluntary arrangement (an alternative to bankruptcy) – where they manage a debtor’s repayments
- 'liquidator' in a company liquidation – where they take control of a company in liquidation and sell the assets
They can also provide advice on specific debt problems, for example, whether bankruptcy is the best way to deal with your debts. They will charge for this service. This advice is freely available from your local Advice NI office or the National Debtline.
Authorising bodies license insolvency practitioners. They are also responsible for maintaining professional standards and investigating complaints about an insolvency practitioner.
How to use the directory
The directory has an insolvency practitioner's full contact details and those of their licensing authority.
You can search by county or an insolvency practitioner's known details, like name, company or authorisation number.
When not to use this service
The directory does not have information about cases an insolvency practitioner is working on for example individual bankruptcies or individual voluntary arrangements.
For individual bankruptcies you can search the register online. There may be a charge for this service.
For individual voluntary arrangements, you can search the register online:
You can search for information on disqualified directors and company insolvencies. There may be a charge for this online service:
More useful links
- Making a complaint against an insolvency practitioner - (DfE website)
- Insolvency - (nibusinessinfo.co.uk website)
- Complain against an insolvency practitioner or the Insolvency Service - (nibusinessinfo.co.uk website)