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HMRC internal manual

Debt Management and Banking Manual

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Summary warrant: Special considerations

Large business concernsThe term “a large business concern” cannot be readily defined nor can a monetary limit be imposed. For example a “large business” in a small rural community may be much smaller than its counterpart in a large industrialised area or town.

You need to decide what in your recovery area constitutes a “large business concern”. You must always be alert to the possibility of public criticism arising from your actions.

Where you think that your action could close down a large business or attract the attention of the media

  • refer the case papers to the higher debt manager and
  • include a recommendation as to whether it could be more effective to proceed by means of arrestment rather than attachment.

PartnershipsFor partnership liabilities the sheriff officer can only attach/arrest goods, bank accounts etc belonging to the partnership and not those belonging to individual partners unless the warrant and the charge to pay are in the name of the individual partner.

Limited companiesfor a limited company liability the sheriff officer can only attach/arrest goods, bank accounts etc belonging to the company and not those that are the personal property of the directors.