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Advantages & Disadvantages of Bankruptcy


  • Debts are written off, with certain exceptions explained opposite.
  • Creditors can’t take further action unless the debts are secured on your home or other property.
  • It allows you to make a fresh start after only a year.
  • You may be able to avoid having to sell your home if your spouse, partner or a relative can buy your share of its value after any debts secured on it have been paid.


  • Your bankruptcy is entered on a public register and is advertised.
  • If you apply to the court for your own bankruptcy, you will have to pay a court fee and deposit totalling £510.
  • You will remain liable to pay certain debts – in particular student loans, fines and some debts arising from family proceedings.
  • Any business you have will almost certainly be closed down.
  • Your employment may be affected.
  • Certain professionals are barred from practising if they are made bankrupt.
  • You can’t act as a director of a company or be involved in its management unless the court agrees.
  • You will be committing an offence if you get credit of £500 or more without disclosing that you are bankrupt.
  • You may have a bankruptcy restrictions order* made against you for 2 to 15 years if you acted irresponsibly, recklessly or dishonestly.
  • * An order that will place restrictions similar to those in force while a person is bankrupt, which the official receiver may apply for.

Source: In Debt? Dealing with your creditors – The Insolvency Service