Insolvency searches for companies at the Central Registry
Produced in partnership with Stephen Allinson
Insolvency searches for companies at the Central Registry

The following Restructuring & Insolvency practice note Produced in partnership with Stephen Allinson provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Insolvency searches for companies at the Central Registry
  • What is the Central Registry of Winding-up Petitions?
  • When should you search the Central Registry?
  • How can searches be carried out?
  • Telephone searches
  • Online via CE filing
  • Online searches (through a third party provider)
  • Searches in person
  • Shortcomings with searching the Central Registry
  • Out-of-hours appointments

What is the Central Registry of Winding-up Petitions?

The Central Registry of Winding-up Petitions (the Central Registry) is a computerised register of winding-up petitions and administration applications which is maintained for all petitions or applications presented to either the Companies Court, a Chancery District Registry or the County Court.

A search at the Central Registry should reveal:

  1. any petition or order for the winding-up of a company made in England and Wales, and

  2. any administration application, order or appointment (including out-of-court appointments and intentions to appoint) filed in England and Wales

However, it should be noted that what the searches reveal is dependent on the District Registries and County Court hearing centres informing the Central Registry of the documents that have been filed with them. This information may be supplied to the Central Registry but is not guaranteed. For further information, refer to the section shortcomings with searching at the Central Registry set out below.

As it deals with insolvency processes commenced at court, the Central Index does not contain details regarding voluntary liquidations, company voluntary arrangements or receiverships.

The Central Registry was set up because of the danger of winding-up petitions being issued twice, primarily due to the fact that jurisdiction to issue these petitions is wide. The court should be informed of any prior pending petitions before making a decision on a current petition. A petitioner who

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