Update to the timing announcement for the Insolvency (England and Wales) Rules 2016

Update to the timing announcement for the Insolvency (England and Wales) Rules 2016

At the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales’ Insolvency and Restructuring Group’s roadshow on 22 September 2016, the Insolvency Service said that it was aiming to lay the new insolvency rules before Parliament week commencing 10 October 2016, with a commencement date of 6 April 2017, subject to Ministerial approval.


The Insolvency Service has set about to completely overhaul the Insolvency Rules 1986, SI 1986/1925 (IR 1986) by drafting new insolvency rules to replace the IR 1986 and all statutory instruments which have subsequently amended the IR 1986. Since coming into force, the IR 1986 has been amended no less than 28 times, most recently by the Insolvency (Amendment)(No 2) Rules 2016, SI 2016/903. No similar review has been undertaken of the Insolvency Act 1986, which will inevitably somewhat hamper the ability to fully streamline all processes and amend the systems, although some changes have been brought about by the Deregulation Act 2015 and Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015.

Current draft of the new rules

The latest draft of the new insolvency rules was published in July 2015, having been extensively redrafted since the version circulated in 2014. That version was sent to the Insolvency Rules Committee for review, and it is therefore expected that there will be further changes to the draft rules before they are published in their final form.

Further Reading

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The Insolvency Rules 2016

Annotated Guide to the New Insolvency Rules

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Stephen qualified as a solicitor in 2005 and joined the Restructuring and Insolvency team at Lexis®PSL in September 2014 from Shoosmiths LLP, where he was a senior associate in the restructuring and insolvency team.

Primarily focused on contentious and advisory corporate and personal insolvency work, Stephen’s experience includes acting for office-holders on a wide range of issues, including appointments, investigations and the recovery and realisation of assets (including antecedent transaction claims), and for creditors in respect of the impact on them of the insolvency of debtors and counterparties.