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This foreword explains the scope and authority of Statements of Insolvency Practice (SIPs). It should be read in conjunction with the individual SIPs to which it forms a collective preface.

SIPs are issued with a view to maintaining standards by setting out required practice and by harmonising practitioners' approach to particular aspects of insolvency.

SIPs are issued under procedures agreed between the insolvency regulatory authorities acting through the Joint Insolvency Committee (JIC). They are produced by R3 (the Association of Business Recovery Professionals) and subsequently approved by the JIC and adopted by each of the regulatory authorities listed below:

The Code of Ethics for Insolvency Practitioners is contained within the ACCA Rulebook.

Recognised Professional Bodies

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
  • Insolvency Practitioners Association
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
  • Law Society
  • Law Society of Scotland

Competent Authority

  • The Insolvency Service (for the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry)

Statements of Insolvency Practice (SIPs)

The purpose of SIPs is to set out basic principles and essential procedures with which insolvency practitioners are required to comply. Departure from the standard(s) set out in SIPs is a matter that will be considered by a practitioner's regulatory authority for the purposes of possible disciplinary or regulatory action.

ACCA members who carry out insolvency work under the Insolvency Act 1986 (as amended) are required to follow the requirements of SIPs.

When carrying out insolvency procedures in Scotland or under Scottish legislation, members are required to observe the requirements of the Scottish variant versions of SIPs which have been approved by JIC.

SIPs should not be relied upon as definitive statements of the law. No liability attaches to ACCA or to any body or person involved in the preparation or promulgation of SIPs.

SIP 1 - An introduction to Statements of Insolvency Practice                                                                                                                                           Effective date: October 2015

SIP 2 - Investigations by office holders in administrations and insolvent liquidations  
Effective date: May 2011.

SIP 3.1 Individual voluntary arrangements (England and Wales)
Effective date: July 2014.

SIP 3.2 Company voluntary arrangements
Effective date: July 2014.

SIP 3.3 Trust deeds (Scotland)
Effective date: July 2014.

SIP 4 (E&W) - Disqualification of directors  
Effective date: September 1998.

SIP 4 (Scotland) - Disqualification of directors                                                               Effective date: September 1999

SIP 7 - Presentation of financial information in insolvency proceedings  
Effective date: May 2011.

SIP 8 (E&W) - Summoning and holding meetings of creditors convened pursuant to Section 98 of the Insolvency Act 1986  
Effective date: January 2002.

SIP 8 (Scotland) - Summoning and holding meetings of creditors convened pursuant to Section 98 of the Insolvency Act 1986                                                                            Effective date: February 2002.

SIP 9 (E&W) - Payments to insolvency practitioners and their associates  
Effective for new appointments starting on or after 1 December 2015.

SIP 9A (NI) - Remuneration of insolvency office holders  
Effective date: March 2007.

SIP 9 (Scotland) - Payments to insolvency office holders and their associates                                                                                                                                       Effective date: May 2012

SIP 10 (E&W) - Proxy forms  
Effective date: August 1996.

SIP 10 (Scotland) - Proxy forms                                                                                      Effective date: May 1997.

SIP 11 (NI) - The handling of funds in formal insolvency appointments  
Effective date: June 2007.

SIP 11 (E&W) - The handling of funds in formal insolvency appointments  
Effective date: June 2007.

SIP 11 (Scotland) - The handling of funds in formal insolvency appointments.                                                                                                                           Effective date: June 2007

SIP 12 (E&W) - Records of meetings in formal insolvency proceedings  
Effective date: August 1996.

SIP 12 (Scotland) - Records of meetings in formal insolvency proceedings                     Effective date: May 1997 

SIP 13 (E&W) - Acquisition of assets of insolvent companies by directors  
 Effective date: November 1997.

SIP 13 (Scotland) - Acquisition of assets of insolvent companies by directors                                                                                                                                        Effective date: August 1998

SIP 14 (E&W) - A receiver's responsibility to preferential creditors  
Effective date: April 1999.

SIP 14 (Scotland) - A receiver's responsibility to preferential creditors                                                                                                                                        Effective date: January 2001.

SIP 15 (E&W) - Reporting and providing information on their functions to committees in formal insolvencies  
Effective date: July 2004.

SIP 15 (Scotland) - Reporting and providing information on their functions to committeess (and Commissioners in sequestrations) in formal insolvencies                                                                                                                               Effective date: August 2015

SIP 16 - Pre-packaged sales in administrations  
Effective date: November 2015.

SIP 17 (E&W) - An administrative receiver's responsibility for the company's records  
Effective date: May 2011.

SIP 17 (NI) - An administrative receiver's responsibility for the company's records  
Effective date: May 2011.

SIP 17 (Scotland) - A receiver's responsibility for the company's records                                                                                                                                         Effective date: May 2011

Guidance for members of committees in voluntary arrangements  
Effective date: July 2004.

Guidance for members of creditors' committees in administrations  
Effective date: July 2004.

Guidance for members of creditors' committees in administrative receiverships  
Effective date: July 2004.

Guidance for members of creditors' committees in bankruptcy  
Effective date: July 2004.

Guidance for members of liquidation committees  
Effective date: July 2004.
 

 *Statement of Insolvency Practice 5
Non preferential claims by employees dismissed without proper notice by insolvent employers
(Withdrawn by the Society of Practitioners of Insolvency in August 1999.)

Statement of Insolvency Practice 6
Treatment of director’s claims as “employees” in insolvency administrations
(Withdrawn by the Society of Practitioners of Insolvency in August 1999.)

You can also read the Insolvency ethical guide which is found in the Related Documents section at the bottom of this page.

Archived Statements

SIP 1 - An Administrative Receiver's responsibility for the company's records  
(to be withdrawn 2 May 2011 and replaced by the new SIP 17).

SIP 1 - An introduction to statements of insolvency practice  
2 May 2011.

SIP 2 - A liquidator's investigation into the affairs of an insolvent company  
November 1997.

SIP 2 - A liquidator's investigation into the affairs of an Insolvent company  
March 2007.

SIP 3 - Voluntary Arrangements  
October 2003.

SIP 3 (E&W) - Voluntary arrangements  
March 2007.

SIP 7 - Preparation of insolvency office holders' receipts and payments accounts  
September 1998.

SIP 9 - Remuneration of insolvency office holders  
July 2004.

SIP 9 (E&W) - Remuneration of insolvency office holders  
March 2007.

SIP 9 - Remuneration of insolvency office holders May 2010  
May 2010.

SIP 16 (E&W) - Pre-Packaged Sales in Administrations  
January 2009.

Last updated: 25 Jan 2016