Insolvencies and Recoveries

A one day professional meeting from IRRV Scotland

Tuesday 21st June 2016


Course background

This course will develop the themes and foundations considered at Introduction to Insolvency and aims to give you practical tools you can use for effective recoveries in your day job.

We will revisit diligence and the options that can assist your recoveries.

We will consider complex business structures, so that you can target your recovery investigations and resources and we will look in detail at the rights and remedies that an insolvency practitioner has against companies, directors (whether formally appointed or not), partnerships and partners, and trusts.

Ever wondered what happens to unclaimed assets? This course examines the principles of bona vacantia and the role of the QLTR and HMRC.

You are welcome to bring difficult collection cases or dilemmas to the course and we will, wherever possible, provide some ideas and/or solutions as to how you might use the tools on the course to aid your collection and recovery strategy.

The course is designed to be participative and to equip you with knowledge you can apply in your day-to-day role. It will be fully up to date for all legislation in force at June 2016.


10.00 Introduction and welcome

10.05 Diligence: your collection options

  • Arrestment
  • Attachment
  • Money Attachment
  • Earnings Arrestment
  • Inhibition

11.15 Coffee

11.30 Business structures and why they matter

11.35 What is a limited company and how does it operate? Directors and shareholders’ responsibilities on insolvency Who is a director or shadow director?
What is a phoenix company?

12.00 What is a partnership and how does it operate? Partners’ responsibilities on insolvency - Dissolved partnerships and other types of partnership

12.30 What is a trust and how does it operate? Trustees’ responsibilities on insolvency

12.45 Lunch

13.45 What rights does an IP have against all of the above?- What is the most cost effective method of recovery?

14.30 Bona vacantia – what is it? - Role of Queen’s Lord Treasurer and Remembrancer Role of HMRC in abandoned assets

15.00 Practical application - How to make the most effective appointment to the right part of the business - Information requirements for effective collection or targeting - Case studies and examples - Collection and recovery advice in practice

16.00 Close


Eileen Maclean, MA (Hons) MIPA, MABRP, MBA, Director of Insolvency Support Services Limited

Eileen is a licensed insolvency practitioner with 25 years’ experience of all aspects of corporate and personal insolvency. A member of the IPA and R3, Eileen represented Scotland on R3’s National Council for six years until 2009. She has been an active member of R3’s Scottish Technical Committee since 2003.

In 2009 Eileen co-founded Insolvency Support Services Limited. ISS provides volume support and outsourcing services to the Scottish Government, Big 4, medium and smaller practices including case progression and closure, back office support and compliance reviews. Eileen specialises is complex issues and dispute resolution.

Eileen is widely recognised as the foremost trainer of insolvency in Scotland and through ISS trains students of insolvency at all levels and provides tailored training for IPs, solicitors and banks.

This professional meeting represents excellent value for money, with delegate fees starting at only £125 + VAT. This includes lunch, refreshments, and training materials. The course starts at 10am (registration from 9.30am) with a finish time of around 4pm.

As places are limited, early booking is recommended. The IRRV regrets that, under normal circumstances, delegate fees cannot be refunded. However, delegate substitutions may be made at no cost at any time prior to the event, subject to these being notified to the Institute.


Every fourth place from the same organisation booked for the course in this brochure (and made in the same booking) is entirely free of charge. Please note that, due to the demand for places, this offer applies only to the course detailed on the booking form on this brochure and applies to the lowest cost place. 

Any queries?
If you have any queries, please contact

Fraser Macpherson,
IRRV Development Manager,
2A Argyle Street,

Telephone/Fax – 01382 456029;

How to Book
Please download and complete the booking form and send/fax it to the address above. You may also email bookings to Full joining instructions will be sent to delegates once a booking form has been received.

As places are limited, early booking is recommended. The IRRV regrets that, under normal circumstances, delegate fees cannot be refunded. However, delegate substitutions may be made at no cost at any time prior to the Seminar, subject to these being notified to the Institute.


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