PAT160029 Insolvency Rules Committee - Barrister Member

Body: Insolvency Rules Commitee
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Regulation
Location: London
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: Members provide their services on a voluntary and remunerated basis but can claim reasonable expenses.
Time Requirements: No more than 21 days per annum – depending on the needs of the committee

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    04/01/2022 at 09:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The IRC operates under the chairmanship of The Hon. Mr Justice Antony Zacaroli. The Insolvency Service seeks to manage the flow of work to the IRC but the work arises on an ad hoc basis and it is anticipated that there will be a considerable amount over the coming year. The expected work programme in the short term is likely to include rules for a new special administration regime covering the nuclear sector and possible changes to the Insolvency Rules following a statutory review.

The management of the work of the IRC is a matter for the Chair and it varies according to the volume of work and the nature of the legislative changes made. The role of the IRC, in advising the Lord Chancellor, is to ensure that the proposed rules will effectively deliver the policy sought by the legislative changes.

Meetings are arranged on the basis of need and not more frequently than three or four times per year. Those meetings are held in London, usually at the offices of the Insolvency Service or the Rolls Building in Central London.  Due to the current Covid19 situation meetings are being held virtually.

Person Specification


There must be no employment restrictions, or time limit on your permitted stay in the UK.

We welcome applications from all those who are eligible.

However, as the IRC was established to carry out an independent function at arm’s length from the Government, we are mindful that appointing someone who is employed by a government department might compromise that independence – or perception of independence – as well as diminishing the confidence of stakeholders and the general public.

If you are in receipt of a salary from a government department and wish to apply, you should expect that – if selected for interview – the Advisory Assessment Panel will explore whether any perceived or real conflicts of interest might exist if you were to be appointed and, if so, how this might be managed or mitigated. The latter might include an undertaking to resign from government employment, if appointed, and – if considered appropriate – for there to be an interval between resignation and taking up appointment to the IRC .


Applicants must be a practising barrister in order to apply.

We welcome applications from all those who are eligible.

Essential criteria

Candidates will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Practising barrister with evidence of the relevant professional qualification;
  • Detailed knowledge of both primary and secondary insolvency legislation and significant practical experience in its application;
  • Ability to assess the effectiveness and practical implications of proposed amendments to the Insolvency Rules;
  • Ability and willingness to make a significant contribution to the effective working of a Committee;
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and deal with work given out at short notice

Desirable criteria

  • Knowledge of the rule-making process
  • Evidence of rule-drafting skills

Additional Information

Tenure: Public appointments are offered on a fixed term basis. We do this to ensure that the leadership of our public bodies is regularly refreshed, and the IRC can benefit from new perspectives and ideas.

The appointment will run for three years, with the possibility of reappointment for a further term subject to satisfactory appraisal, the needs of the IRC and the discretion of Ministers.  In line with the Governance Code for Public Appointments, there is a strong presumption that no individual should serve more than two terms or serve in any one post for more than ten years.

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