Investigations and enforcement: what we do, our outcomes and complaints

Detailed information about the Insolvency Service’s investigation and enforcement work, including how we achieve our outcomes and how to complain about misconduct.


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When a company goes into compulsory liquidation or a bankruptcy order or debt relief order is made, the Insolvency Service’s official receivers are responsible for the administration and investigation of the case.

Our company investigations team may also investigate after other formal insolvency proceedings, when it in the public interest and where we receive information that suggests that a director’s conduct (in one or more companies) makes that director unfit to be concerned in a company’s management.

In cases where we have received information to suggest corporate abuse, our company investigation teams also have the power to conduct confidential investigations into limited companies and limited liability partnerships which are actively trading, or which have ceased trading without entering into insolvency proceedings. If we feel it is appropriate, we may apply to the court for a company to be wound up.

The Insolvency Service is not a prosecuting authority; where we receive information suggesting a criminal offence or other regulatory misconduct may have occurred then the matter may be referred to the relevant prosecuting or regulatory body where it is appropriate to do so.

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