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Following my recent blog entry on the new Insolvency Rules I have now been given a link to the 2009 amendments SI, entitled: The Insolvency Amendment Rules 2009, which I can now add to the record. The rule amendments come into force on the 6th April 2009.
This date coincides with the start date of Ms Sally Barber, currently of 11 Stone Buildings, who has recently been appointed as the next Bankruptcy Registrar of the High Court. As far as I am currently aware Ms Barber is only the second female to take up this position on a full time basis in the history of the office. Although there have been a number of female deputy bankruptcy registrars already, e.g. Miss Deputy Registrar Kyriakides. Ms Barber joins Mr Chief Bankruptcy Registrar Baister, Mr Bankruptcy Registrar Jacques, Mr Bankruptcy Registrar Nicholls, Miss Bankruptcy Registrar Derrett, and Mr Bankruptcy Registrar Simmonds. Ms Barber has been sitting as a deputy registrar for some time. Despite their titles the work of this type of High Court judge is not restricted to the personal side of the subject. Much of their day to day work and many of their full length judgments (comparable in terms of length and depth to High Court justices) relate to corporate insolvency, directors disqualification and other areas of chancery business touching on insolvency.
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