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Insolvency Services





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. They are based at their network of 38 Official Receiver offices throughout England and Wales; their Enforcement Directorate and Headquarters in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh; their Banking Section in Birmingham; and their 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.



Enquiry lines for England and Wales  are currently available between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

Insolvency on 0845 602 9848
Redundancy on 0845 145 0004


For information in Scotland you should contact The Accountant in Bankruptcy at:

The Accountant in Bankruptcy
1 Pennyburn Road
KA13 6SA
Switchboard: 0845 612 6460
Helpline: 0845 762 6171



For information in Northern Ireland you should contact The Insolvency Service of Northern Ireland at:

The Insolvency Service
Fermanagh House
Ormeau Avenue
Tel: 02890 251441


Funded by BIS

The European Consumer Centre for Services is hosted by the Trading Standards Institute and funded by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.