Bankruptcy fees: Scottish Parliament takes evidence

Evidence was taken on the Bankruptcy Fees (Scotland) Regulations 2017 by the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee on Tuesday the 21st March 2017.

Evidence was provided by Mike Dailly and Alan McIntosh of Govan Law Centre and David Menzies of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

The Fees proposed a number of changes to regulations that govern bankruptcy fees in Scotland, namely to increase the fees the Accountant in Bankruptcy (AIB) could charge when selling the home of debtors. In some cases, these fees would increase by up to 188%. Other fee amendments related to the Accountant in Bankruptcy audit fees in sequestrations and also included introducing interest at 8% for late payment of fees to the AIB by Insolvency Practitioners.

The second part of the evidence session involved evidence being delivered by the Minister, Paul Wheelhouse and the Accountant in Bankruptcy, Dr Richard Dennis.