Transforming bailiff action

The government’s response to its consultation on bailiff reform sets out proposals intended to protect creditors, while ensuring high standards of conduct and service from the bailiff industry. The government has accepted that effective enforcement action is necessary, including seizure and sale of goods to discharge debts, but wants to ensure fair treatment for all debtors under a simplified and transparent system. The result is a list of 19 recommendations that the government intends to move swiftly to introduce.

There has been a general welcome for the proposals and acceptance of the need for reform, both to provide clarity, and to deal with rogue individuals. The next stage is for the Government to circulate draft regulations implementing an amended form of Part 3 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 and detailing the process for taking control of goods, which are expected by summer 2013. 

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