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Temporary Insolvency Practice Direction – approved and signed by the Lord Chancellor

The Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable Robert Buckland MP, Secretary of State for Justice, has approved and signed a temporary Insolvency Practice Direction (IPD) which came into force on 6 April 2020.

Its purposes are to assist court users during the current COVID-19 pandemic by avoiding the need for parties to attend court in person, and to deal with some of the problems arising from the need for the court(s) to operate with limited staff and resources. It supplements the Practice Direction – Insolvency Proceedings July 2018 and applies to all insolvency proceedings in the Business and Property Courts subject to variations outside London as directed by the relevant supervising judge. Company work will be dealt with in a comparable way, and all adjourned hearings will be relisted within six weeks.

The temporary IPD has been drafted by Mr Justice Zacaroli, chair of the Insolvency Rules Committee with the Chief Insolvency and Companies Court Judge, Judge Briggs, Mr Justice Snowden, an expert in insolvency and Mr Justice Marcus Smith. The final draft was approved and signed by the Chancellor of the High Court, Sir Geoffrey Vos, before being sent to the Lord Chancellor for approval.

The new Practice Direction has been uploaded at the following page:

A PDF version of the Practice Direction is available below.