PAT160045- Insolvency Rules Committee - 2 Post - Solicitor Member

Body: Insolvency Rules Committee
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Regulation
Location: London
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: Members provide their services on a voluntary and unremunerated basis but can claim reasonable expenses. The cost of these expenses will be met by The Insolvency Service.
Time Requirements: No more than 21 days per annum – depending on the needs of the committee

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    22/11/2022 at 11:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Insolvency Rules Committee (IRC) is an advisory non-departmental public body (NDPB) which was first established under section 10 of the Insolvency Act 1976.

The IRC is appointed under section 413 of the Insolvency Act 1986 (the Act) for the purpose of advising on any rules to be made by the Lord Chancellor under section 411 (company insolvency rules) or section 412 (individual insolvency rules) of the Act. The IRC comprises a High Court Chancery Division judge and various members of the judiciary, legal and accountancy professions.

IRC Public appointments are made by the Lord Chancellor following consultation with the Lord Chief Justice or his nominee. IRC appointments made by the Lord Chancellor. are regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments and recruitment processes must comply with the Governance Code on Public Appointments and are regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

Job 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.

Person Specification


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

Person specification

  • Applicants must be practising solicitors in order to apply.

Essential Criteria:

  • Practising solicitor 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 insolvency 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 that 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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