What is an Administration Order?
When an individual or organisation owes money to more than one person they can go into an Administration Order (AO). An AO is a legally-binding agreement where an individual or organisation agree to pay back their creditors over a period of time.
To get an AO the defendant must have:
• Less than £5000 in debt
• At least one unpaid CCJ
• More than one debt
All debts listed the order will be protected from further action by the creditor, if the administration order is granted.
It also provides protection from other creditors not included in the order. Any further debts will automatically be added to the original Administration Order if the creditors attempt to pursue the debt through the courts.
An AO will appear on our register as either
The information appearing on the Register is as follows:
• Defendant Details – Name, Address
• Court Name
• Case Number
• Date of AO
• Date of satisfaction, if satisfied
Details of an Administration Order will stay on our public register for six years unless set aside or cancelled by the court.
An Administration Order can be made against a limited company (Insolvency Act 1986), but we do not hold these details on our public register – they are sent directly to Companies House.
How to satisfy an Administration Order
If an Administration Order is paid in full and the court have been notified, they will send us notification to update our register.
A County Court Judgment (CCJ) included in the order will only be marked as satisfied if the CCJ amount has been paid in full.
We do not hold partial settlement information for Administration Orders or County Court Judgments.
If you require a certificate showing that your record has been updated, you can apply to the relevant court for a 'Certificate of Satisfaction or Cancellation'. You will need to fill out the N443 form and pay a court fee of £14 for the certificate.
Removing an Administration Order
An Administration Order may be removed if the AO was set aside or paid within a calendar month from the date of the order.
If the AO was paid within a calendar month you may wish to pay for a ‘Certificate of Satisfaction or Cancellation’ from the court for your own records. You will need to fill out the N443 form and pay a court fee of £14 for the certificate..
Cancelling or setting aside an Administration Order will not automatically cancel or set aside any County Court Judgments included in the AO.
You will need to have paid the CCJ in full from the judgment date of the CCJ for it to be removed, or alternatively have applied for the CCJ to be set aside.
Revoking an Administration Order
Failure to make regular payments under the court arrangement agreed to in your Administration Order may result in the AO being revoked.
Any restrictions on the creditors agreed to in the AO will no longer apply and they will be able to pursue further legal action to obtain the amounts owed.
When an AO is revoked, we will be notified by the court and this information will be reflected on our Register.
Varying an Administration Order
This involved changing the amount of debt agreed to in the original Administration Order.
This may be due to the addition of new creditors or due to a composition order being made – reducing the debt to a percentage of money owed.
A varied Administration Order will replace the original Administration Order.
When an AO is varied, we will be notified by the court and this information will be reflected on our Register.
Suspending an administration order
If you are unable to continue regular payments for a period of time the court may agree to suspend your Administration Order for a set amount of time.
We do not receive details of suspended Administration Orders.