Attachment of earnings orders—what are they and when to use them
Attachment of earnings orders—what are they and when to use them

The following Dispute Resolution practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Attachment of earnings orders—what are they and when to use them
  • What is CPR 89?
  • What is an attachment of earnings order?
  • When would you seek to obtain an attachment of earnings order?
  • How does an attachment of earnings order work?
  • Mechanics of an attachment of earnings order—in summary
  • Who is an employer under the attachment of earnings regime?
  • When you cannot obtain an attachment of earnings order against the judgment debtor?
  • Which court has jurisdiction to order an attachment of earnings?
  • High court
  • More...

Note: this Practice Note considers the attachment of earnings order (AE Order) procedure as provided in the new CPR 89 in force with effect from 6 April 2016. It applies to all applications for an AE Order made on/after 6 April 2016.

What is CPR 89?

On 6 April 2016 a new Part, CPR 89 came into force. It replaces the County Court Rules Order 27 (which is no longer in force) governing the making of AE Orders and consolidated attachment orders.

This Practice Note considers what AE Orders are, who can apply for them, when you would wish to do so and steps you should take prior to making your application. It also considers questions such as who is an employee and what is the judgment debtor's home court for the purposes of the regime.

For guidance on how to apply and what a judgment debtor's obligations are on receiving notice of an application for an AE Order, see Practice Notes:

  1. Attachment of earnings orders—where and how to apply

  2. Attachment of earnings orders—judgment debtor does not comply

Should you wish to access a copy of the (now redundant) CCR Order 27, please click the link below:

What is an attachment of earnings order?

A judgment creditor can seek to enforce their judgment debt by applying for an AE Order which, in effect, directs the judgment debtor’s employer to pay a

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