Introduction to the Insolvency Service

The Insolvency Service is a branch within the Department's Operational Policy - Infrastructure and Regulation group.

What we do

Our purpose and role is:

  • to administer and investigate the affairs of bankrupts and companies in compulsory liquidation
  • the making of debt relief orders
  • to establish the reasons for the insolvency
  • to handle the disqualification of directors in all corporate insolvencies
  • to refer fraudulent activity in the management of an insolvent businesses to the PSNI, where appropriate
  • to regulate the insolvency profession
  • to operate the Insolvency Account
  • to formulate Northern Ireland-specific insolvency legislation and policy

Insolvency legislation

The legislation under which most formal insolvency procedures are administered is the:

Insolvency law provides a system for dealing fairly with the assets of the insolvent individual or company and the claims of creditors. The law also deals with what happens to the individual or company following the insolvency.

We are not involved in the day-to-day handling of administrations, administrative receiverships, voluntary liquidations or the majority of voluntary arrangements. 

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