15 September 2019

BSB Handbook Explained – What to do if you are subject to a bankruptcy order?

Did you know that you should notify us if you are subject to a bankruptcy order or enter into an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA)?

All barristers, whether practising or not, are required under Rule C65.6 of the Code of Conduct in the BSB Handbook to report promptly to the Bar Standards Board if:

  • Bankruptcy proceedings or directors disqualification proceedings are initiated against him or her
  • A Bankruptcy order or directors disqualification order is made against him or her
  • He or she enters into an IVA with his or her creditors

Entering into an IVA or being subject to a bankruptcy order is not in itself a disciplinary matter or a bar to practising; however, failure to promptly report these circumstances to us, or failure to keep us updated after reporting, may give rise to disciplinary proceedings.

If you are subject to a bankruptcy order or enter into an IVA, you should email our Supervision Department at Supervision@BarStandardsBoard.org.uk and provide the date of the bankruptcy order or IVA and brief details of the circumstances leading to the bankruptcy or IVA.