Exclusive jurisdiction over bankruptcy and personal insolvency not within the jurisdiction of the London Insolvency District is vested in the county court. In the words of the Insolvency Act 1986, jurisdiction is exercised ‘by the county court in relation to the proceedings which are ... allocated [by the Rules] to any other insolvency district’1. This provision previously referred to ‘designated county courts’ which reflected the arrangement under the County Courts Act 19842 whereby county courts were held for districts determined by the Lord Chancellor3 and those districts, in
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