New Insolvency Proceedings Practice Direction – approval and signature by the Lord Chancellor

The Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable David Gauke MP, Secretary of State for Justice, has today approved and signed the new Insolvency Proceedings Practice Direction. Amendments and updates to the existing Insolvency Proceedings Practice Direction were drafted this past Winter by a committee composed of Mr Justice Norris, Chairman of the Insolvency Rules Committee, Insolvency and Companies Court Judge Briggs, Chief Registrar, District Judge Anson, specialist insolvency district judge in the Preston District Registry, Catherine Addy QC, Deputy Insolvency and Companies Court Judge, Matthew Watson of XXIV Old Buildings, Member of the Insolvency and Companies Users’ Committee, and Vannina Ettori, Legal Adviser to the Chancellor of the High Court. 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 updates the previous one by making reference to the Insolvency Rules 2016, taking account of recently decided cases and changes in the CPR (in particular with regards to the Business and Property Courts Practice Direction), specifying new arrangements for the distribution of insolvency business across the different levels of the judiciary, and clarifying the routes of appeal in insolvency cases.

The new practice direction will shortly be uploaded at the following page: https://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/procedure-rules/civil/rules/insolvency_pd

A PDF version of the practice direction available below.