Number of Bankruptcy Awards in Scotland Falls

Author: Joel Conn
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On the 24 January 2018 the Scottish Government body which deals with insolvency known as the Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) released its latest statistics. The figures show a decrease in the number of bankruptcy awards in the last quarter of 2017. Although the AiB only keeps partial records relating to corporate insolvency the figures they do have show a slight drop in the number of liquidations for the same period. In general these figures are hopeful.

That said there has been an increase in the use of the Debt Arrangement Scheme and Protected Trust Deeds which reveals a small increase in the overall levels of personal insolvency.

However given the present unsettled economic climate it is always best to take early advice if you have any insolvency concerns.

If you would like to discuss your situation with an expert please contact Joel Conn on 0141 552 3422 or by email on

Joel Conn

About Joel Conn

Joel is a partner in our Court and Arbitration department, having completed his law degree at University of Glasgow in 1996 and Diploma in Legal Practice at University of Edinburgh in 1997. Having trained in local government, and worked both in Edinburgh and Glasgow, Joel was a partner at Macdonalds and then Morton Fraser LLP before joining Mitchells Roberton as a partner in August 2016. Joel specialises in commercial litigation and debt recovery, with particular expertise in insolvency, asset-based lending, property litigation, complex secured debt recovery, and professional negligence. He undertakes work for all types of clients, from individuals to PLCs, and from non-profits to financial institutions. He has a particular interest in advising the licensed trade and professional services industries. Joel was the first solicitor to be awarded accreditation by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Debt & Asset Recovery Law and frequently provides training on such subjects to clients and other professionals. Though an experienced practitioner in the Sheriff Court and Court of Session, Joel appreciates that clear and commercial advice always focuses on the best economic outcome for the client, and time spent outside court in negotiation, or narrowing the scope of the dispute, is often the most important time in any case. Joel was appointed by the Lord President to the Scottish Civil Justice Council in Spring 2016, a role which involves examining the civil court systems and considering potential reforms. He lives in the West End, and is married with a young daughter. Outside work, most of his time is spent chasing after his daughter, but he also finds time to be a board member of a number of charities involved in cultural work. He is also a keen reader and researcher in ethnography and folklore, publishing and presenting papers in these subjects, particular on legal and commercial issues. Email:

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