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IPA Committees & What They Do
Appeal Committee (and Appeal Tribunal)
The Appeal Committee, constituted as a Tribunal, hears appeals against findings or orders of a Disciplinary Tribunal and decisions and orders of the Membership & Authorisation Committee; and may affirm, vary or rescind them.

Appeal Tribunal hearings are held in public.

The Committee is required to consist of not less than eight:
  • At least four IPA members
  • At least four lay members
When constituted as a Tribunal to hear an appeal, it is required to consist of a judge, barrister or solicitor of not less than ten years standing who is not an IPA member, together with two IPA Committee members and two lay Committee members.

Constitution Committee

The Constitution Committee has oversight of the IPA’s Constitution Documents – its Memorandum and Article of Association – together with its Rules; and recommends to Council any necessary or appropriate changes to them.

Corporate Consultation Committee

The Corporate Consultation Committee is primarily involved in discussing proposals for legislative changes to corporate insolvency, and in co-ordinating and submitted in the IPA's formal responses.

Disciplinary Committee (and Disciplinary Tribunal)

The Disciplinary Committee, constituted as a Tribunal, considers complaints referred to it by the Investigation Committee where the member (including a student member) has declined a consent order.

A Disciplinary Tribunal has powers in relation to a member in the event of finding the complaint is proved in whole or in part:
  • To exclude or suspend from membership
  • To revoke an authorisation and direct that he/she be ineligible for an authorisation for a specified period
  • To issue a severe reprimand or reprimand
  • To impose a fine
  • To require the payment of costs
  • To require an undertaking as to remedial action
  • To take no further action.
The Tribunal may also direct that the member obtains advice in relation to his competence, practice management or health, and undertakes training.
Disciplinary Tribunal hearings are held in public.

The Committee is required to consist of not less than seven:
  • At least five IPA members
  • At least two lay members.
When constituted as a Tribunal to consider a complaint referred to it by the Investigation Committee, it is required to consist of not less than three, including at least one lay Committee member.

Examinations & Training (E&T) Committee

The E&T Committee is responsible for advising Council on regulations relating to student members; for arrangements in relation to setting, holding and marking the IPA’s Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency (CPI) and Certificate of proficiency in Personal Insolvency (CPPI) Examinations; for liaising with the Joint Insolvency Examination (JIE) Board in relation to the JIE; and for oversight of provisions for training and development of student and other members.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is responsible for preparing annual budgets and making recommendations to Council on subscriptions and fees; for monitoring in-year spending; and for submitting for approval to Council the IPA’s Annual Accounts.

Investigation Committee

The Investigation Committee is responsible for the investigation of complaints made against members (including student members) by the general public or by other members, or of matters notified to it by the Membership & Authorisation Committee.

The Committee has powers, in the event that a prima facie case is made out:
  • To issue a warning letter about the member’s future conduct
  • To invite the member to consent to an order by which he/she is severely reprimanded or reprimanded with or without a fine and costs and/or provide an undertaking as to remedial action
  • Where the member declines a consent order, to refer the complaint to the Disciplinary Committee
  • Where it bears on whether the member is fit and proper to continue to be authorised to refer the matter to the Membership & Authorisation Committee 
  • To take no further action.
If the Committee finds that no prima facie complaint has been made out, it is dismissed, subject to the complainant being entitled to ask for the matter to be referred to the Reviewer of Complaints

Where the Committee is of the view that the member’s practice management and performance is inefficient, it may require the member to obtain advice on his/her practice.

For the purposes of carrying out its investigations, the Committee can require information and explanations from the member as well as his/her books, papers and records; and is required to consider representations from the member.  
The Committee is required to consist of not less than five:
  • At least four IPA members
  • At least one and no more than three lay members.

IPA Networking Committee

The IPA Networking Committee, arranges social events for members of the IPA and individuals working in legal, banking and other insolvency related fields.

Membership & Authorisation (M&A) Committee

The M&A Committee considers applications for, and makes recommendations to Council for, individual and firm membership. It also has powers:
  • To grant (with or without conditions) or reject applications for insolvency practitioner authorisation
  • To renew (with or without conditions), withdraw or suspend authorisations
  • To impose restrictions or prohibitions on authorisation holders
  • To issue warning letters about authorisation holders’ and other members’ future conduct.
  • To inform the Investigation Committee of any matter which it considers appropriate for investigation as a disciplinary matter.

For these purposes, the Committee can require information and explanations from, and can call before it for examination, applicants, members and authorisation holders; and can review members’ and authorisation holders’ books, papers, documents and other records.

Insolvency Practitioner Authorisations are issued for a period of not more than one year ending 31 December, and are renewable. All authorisation holders who take insolvency appointments are subject to inspection on a three-yearly cycle, undertaken by the IPA’s inspectors working alongside its senior profession panel members. The inspections, providing continuing assurance of authorisation holders’ competence and that they remain fit and proper to be authorised, are in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding and Principles of Monitoring agreed by the IPA and the other professional bodies with the DTI Insolvency Service as a condition of recognition to be able to authorise and regulate IPs.
The Committee is required to consist of not less than five:
  • At least four IPA members
  • At least one and no more than three lay members. 
Personal Insolvency Committee

The Personal Insolvency Committee is primarily involved in discussing proposals for legislative changes to personal insolvency, and in co-ordinating and submitting the IPA's formal responses.

Practice Guidance, Ethics & Standards (PGE&S) Committee

The PGE&S Committee deals with practice, ethics and standards issues both in relation to the IPA generally and in advising members on an individual confidential basis. It considers and advises Council on profession-wide Statements of Insolvency Practice (SIPs) and Professional Conduct & Ethics and other Guidance which, under arrangements in place since 1999, are proposed, prepared and promulgated through the Joint Insolvency Committee (JIC) of the recognised authorisation bodies and the BIS Insolvency Service. 

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