Ch 8: Inspections (December 2008)

December 2008


8.1 Introduction

This chapter provides guidance on carrying out inspections and tracing inspections both at the early stages of a case and later on during the course of the official receiver’s investigation e.g. where a director or bankrupt has failed to cooperate in the proceedings.

An inspection may be defined as a visit by the official receiver to one or more premises owned or occupied by an insolvent, or at which they are or have been trading or have their registered office. A tracing inspection may be defined as a visit by the official receiver to an address that has been disclosed in the order, or discovered by the official receiver, for the purpose of ascertaining the whereabouts of the director or bankrupt, and establishing initial contact. 


This chapter is divided into 7 parts as follows:

Part 1 – Inspections generally (paragraphs 8.2 – 8.23)

Part 2 – Tracing inspections (paragraphs 8.24 – 8.39)

Part 3 – Safety of staff on inspections (paragraphs 8.40 – 8.45)

Part 4 – Trading inspections (paragraphs 8.46 – 8.71)

Part 5 – Other matters to be dealt with on inspection (paragraphs 8.72 – 8.91)

Part 6 – Securing and protecting premises (paragraphs 8.92 – 8.99)

Part 7 – Duty to visitors and trespassers (paragraphs 8.100 – 8.104)


The following abbreviations are used in this chapter:

CAR B – case assessment record

PE – public examination

PIQC – preliminary information questionnaire (company)

IVA – Individual Voluntary Arrangement

ISP – Internet Service Provider



[On to Part 1 – Inspections generally]