Bankruptcy: You and the Official Receiver

An Official Receiver is a civil servant, an officer of the Court and works for the Insolvency Service. His job is to review and administer your bankruptcy.

After you are adjudged bankrupt you will receive correspondence from the Official Receiver. Often you are called in for an interview during which you will go through a formal questionnaire which you would have been asked to complete. The Official Receiver will thereby obtain a record from you of your assets and your known creditors.

You are required to co-operate with the Official Receiver so that he may be able to carry out his functions, his principal duty being to protect the bankruptcy estate.

An Official Receiver may not keep hold of your case throughout your bankruptcy. You may find that in subsequent weeks or months a Trustee in Bankruptcy is appointed to take over from him and thereafter administer your bankruptcy.

If you would like advice on filling out the questionnaire or require advice regarding your interview with the Official Receiver please contact Raheel Khan at

This article is for general information and does not constitute legal advice