PAT160045 - Insolvency Rules Committee - Solicitor Member

Body: Insolvency Rules Committee
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Regulation
Location: London
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: None but reasonable standard travel expenses will be payable
Time Requirements: No more than 21 days per annum – depending on the needs of the committee

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    11/07/2022 at 09:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

About the Insolvency Rules Committee 

The Insolvency Rules Committee (IRC) is an advisory non-departmental public body (NDPB) which was established under Section 10 of the Insolvency Act 1986 (the Act).

The IRC is appointed under section 413 of 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 judge of the High Court attached to the Chancery Divisions and various members of the judiciary, legal and accountancy professions.

These public appointments to the IRC are made by the Lord Chancellor following consultation with the Lord Chief Justice or his nominee. They must comply with the Governance Code on Public Appointments and are regulated by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

Further information about IRC can be found at: About us – Insolvency Rules Committee – GOV.UK (

The role of the Practising Solicitor Member

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.

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.

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 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 solicitor in order to apply.

We welcome applications from all those who are eligible.

Essential criteria

Candidates will be able to demonstrate the following:

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

Additional Information

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

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 3 years with the possibility of reappointment for a further term subject to satisfactory appraisal and at 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.

Remuneration, Allowances and Abatement:

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 which is an Executive Agency, sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Performance Appraisal: The member will be assessed at least once a year against their performance for each year of their appointment, which will be carried out by the Chair of the body.

Standards in Public Life: Public appointees are required to uphold the Committee on Standards.  Seven Principles of Public Life You are also expected to adhere to the  Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies

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