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HMRC internal manual

Debt Management and Banking Manual

Enforcement action: county court proceedings: charging orders: final charging order made

Once a final charging order has been made:

  • write immediately to the Solicitor’s Office (Tax Enforcement & Insolvency Support Team, 3rd Floor, South West Wing, Bush House, The Strand, London WC2B 4RD) with the sealed original final charging order
  • ensure copies of the final charging order are served on all the persons (interested parties) listed at Sections 5 and 6 on the form N379 or N380.

The practice on serving copies of the final charging order on interested parties varies from court to court. You will therefore need to establish whether you need to do this or if the court will do so.

You should note that there is usually no need for Solicitor’s Office to register the final charging order if the interim charging order has already been registered unless there are exceptional circumstances such as imminent bankruptcy. You should therefore draw any exceptional factors to Solicitor’s Office attention.

Sale imminent

Where a sale is imminent:

  • write to the judgment debtor’s solicitor informing them of the charge
  • liaise with the judgment debtor’s solicitor or conveyancer to make sure that you:

    • learn of any change in the sale arrangements and
    • receive payment when the sale is completed.