The Insolvency Practices Council (IPC) came into being in the Spring
of 2000 as a result of the recommendations of a report published by
The Insolvency Regulation Working Party. In particular, the Working
Party concluded that professional and ethical standards as an element
of regulation should be influenced by external contributions. As a result
of this recommendation the IPC was created as the institutional mechanism
to carry out this work.
Its remit is to investigate and examine the ethical and professional standards
of he insolvency profession, put proposals to the bodies that represent
the profession and make recommendations for their consideration. It also
considers whether standards are being adopted, observed and enforced.
It works closely with the Joint Insolvency Committee (JIC), which is the
voice of the recognised Professional Bodies (RPBs) who are required to
cooperate with the IPC.
The IPC, which is made up of an independent chairman and secretary,
five lay members
and three members of the insolvency profession to advise the lay members
on technical issues, has been in existence since 2000.
has made a number of recommendations to the profession in respect of:
Issues surrounding personal insolvency have been and remain a major
part of the work of the IPC because private individuals are always more
vulnerable than businesses.
- Unsatisfactory Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVAs)
between Insolvency Practitioners (IPs) and Debtors/Creditors
- The treatment
of the Matrimonial Home in Bankruptcy
- Effective monitoring
- Fees and disbursements
- The regulatory structure
The IPC meets IPs around the UK to exchange
views on key areas of concern to it. These exchanges prove to be valuable
and complement its many meetings with organisations that deal with the
public at large, eg, Citizens Advice. The IPC looks at a wide variety
of issues where there is public interest in the professional and ethical
standards of IPs.
It is not in a position to investigate individual cases. Any complaints should be directed, in the first instance, to the insolvency practitioner concerned and then, if necessary, to the appropriate regulatory body. Details of IPs and their regulatory bodies are shown on the Insolvency Service website.