How to cancel a bankruptcy order (annulment)

How do I get my bankruptcy annulled?

  1. Fill in Form IAA (and pay the application fee);
  2. Draft a Witness Statement and supporting documentation;
  3. File both at Court;
  4. Notify the Official Receiver;
  5. Receive Official Receiver’s Report; and
  6. Attend bankruptcy annulment hearing.

What is the procedure to cancel / annul a bankruptcy order?

It is important to seek the guidance of a solicitor familiar with the Insolvency Rulesand the minutiae of the bankruptcy procedure to avoid failure risk. Generally, many solicitors do not understand the insolvency process and how to apply the bankruptcy rules to maximise the benefit to their clients. It will be detrimental to your case if you attempt to annul a bankruptcy yourself or instruct a solicitor with little to no experience of the bankruptcy procedure.

The process to follow to cancel a bankruptcy order depends on the grounds on which the bankrupt relies on to annul the bankruptcy.

The procedure to follow to annul your bankruptcy

  1. Fill in Form IAA (and pay the application fee): you can download a word version template Form IAA here. Guidance notes can be found here. It is important to seek legal advice when completing Form IAA because all relevant information must be included. You must also notify the Court if you want details of the bankruptcy removed from the Land Charges Register.
  2. Draft a Witness Statement: Depending on the facts of your case, a witness statement can be submitted to the Court in support of the application stating that all debts have been paid along with supporting documentary evidence. Legal advice should be sought when drafting the witness statement, guidance notes on the Civil Procedure Rules states that a witness statement must:
  • start with the name of the case and the claim number;
  • state the full name and address of the witness;
  • set out the witness’s evidence clearly in numbered paragraphs on numbered pages;
  • end with this paragraph: “I believe that the facts stated in this witness statement are true.” and
  • be signed by the witness and dated.

3. File the application and witness statement at Court: the Court will then send a notice of hearing setting out the date, time and location of the hearing to cancel the bankruptcy order.

4. Notify the Official Receiver: the bankrupt (or their legal representative) must liaise with the bankrupt’s Official Receiver and send them a copy of the application and witness statement. The Official Receiver must also be notified at least 28 days before the hearing. You will still be required to attend your interview with the Official Receiver if this has been scheduled.

5. Receive a report from the Official Receiver: the Official Receiver (OR) is required to produce a report 21 days before the annulment hearing which sets out a summary of the bankrupt’s assets and liabilities; any creditors of the debtor known to the OR; and whether the OR and/or trustee supports the bankrupt’s application to annul / cancel the bankruptcy.

6. Attend the Annulment Hearing: we provide representation at any bankruptcy hearing on your behalf. The Court will look at the grounds submitted by you requesting that the bankruptcy be annulled, it will also take into account whether the Official Receiver has any objections to the annulment application. The Court will also decide at this hearing who would bear the costs of the bankruptcy order and the annulment hearing.

Get your Bankruptcy Cancelled: Instruct Specialist Bankruptcy Annulment Solicitors

We are a specialist City of London law firm made up of Solicitors & Barristers operating from the only law firm based in the Middle Temple Inns of Court adjacent to the Royal Courts of Justice. Generally many solicitors are unfamiliar with the Insolvency Rules and the minutiae of the bankruptcy process, we are experts in dealing with matters surrounding individual insolvency.

Our team have unparalleled experience at cancelling bankruptcy orders, liaising with the Official Receiver, providing a solicitor’s undertaking, representing you at any bankruptcy hearing at the Bankruptcy Court, at the Royal Courts of Justice (Rolls Building), or the relevant High Court District Registry or County Court with jurisdiction under the Insolvency Rules.

Our expert Bankruptcy Solicitors & Barristers provide professional and specialist legal advice to guide you to the best legal outcome. Our team of London lawyers are based in Middle Temple adjacent to the Royal Courts of Justice. For your case assessment and for more information about our legal services get in touch using our online form, ☎ 02071830529 or email us on bankruptcy@lexlaw.co.uk.
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