Office of Fair Trading’s Insolvency Recommendations are Long Overdue

Last month, the Insolvency Service released a review paper on the regulation of insolvency practitioners (IPs) and asked the public for feedback. The consultation, which can be read here, follows an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation into corporate insolvency and practitioner fees. The investigation found inconsistencies in the way complaints about IPs were handled…

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Is Vince Cable Brave Enough to Take on the Insolvency Industry?

When we blogged about David Cameron’s u-turn on insolvency reform back in October, who would’ve imagined that Business Secretary Vince Cable would follow suit – certainly not us. In June, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) released a damning report calling for sweeping reforms of the insolvency industry. Cable was supposed to respond to the…

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Insolvency Practitioners to be Independently Regulated – About Time

Last week, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) released a report criticising the insolvency industry and calling for the establishment of a complaints body to regulate practitioners. The report found that, on average, insolvency practitioners (IPs) earn fees of up to 20pc of the assets available when firms are wound up. A large part of…

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