Consultation issued on revised Code of Ethics for Insolvency Practitioners

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david-menzies By David Menzies, Director of Insolvency

2 May 2017

The Joint Insolvency Committee (JIC) is consulting on a revised version of the Code of Ethics applicable to insolvency practitioners.

The draft Code of Ethics (the draft Code) has been developed by a JIC working group comprising a variety of insolvency stakeholders including HM Revenue and Customs, Max Recovery and representatives from the Recognised Professional Bodies (the RPBs).

An explanatory note has been produced to accompany the consultation which sets out in more detail the background to the need to revise the Code and the approach adopted in developing the draft Code.

The JIC working group have also recognised that activities leading to insolvency appointments, particularly in the personal/consumer debt insolvency arena, bear little recognition to the landscape when the Code was introduced. Services offered by firms or groups in which IPs operate are far greater than the accountancy or legal practice in which IPs have traditionally been associated with.

The sections within the Code pertaining to Obtaining specialist advice and services, Fees and other types of remuneration and Obtaining insolvency appointments are of key concern given developments since the Code was last reviewed. It is felt that this area is of such fundamental importance that specific consultation on stakeholder views should be undertaken prior to deciding on whether the Code should be revised in these areas. Further context to consultation in this area is also provided in the explanatory note.

It is intended that the revised Code of Ethics will apply UK wide.

The consultation closes on 25 July 2017.

Download the consultation documents:

Explanatory Note PDF [112 KB]

Consultation questionnaire PDF [164 KB]

Draft Code of Ethics PDF [471 KB]

Draft Code of Ethics (with tracked changes from current version) PDF [539 KB]

Topics

  • Ethics and integrity research
  • Insolvency

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