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Enforcement activity during the Covid-19 pandemic

High Court enforcement activity is being undertaken in an appropriate, flexible and sensitive manner that reflects the challenges we are all facing as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Click here to read more.

About the High Court Enforcement Officers’ Association  

The High Court Enforcement Officers Association represents members across England and Wales, collecting an unpaid debt owed to UK businesses.

Formerly known as The Sheriff's Officers Association, which was formed in 1887. Our continued aim is to represent all its members and provide a voice to Government.

Today, this role has developed beyond merely providing a voice of the profession to Government. Our profession engages with Government to improve and implement changes to current and proposed regulations.

We continue to raise our enforcement standards through improved training, which includes vulnerability and mental health awareness. We guide our members through codes of conduct and current regulation, ensuring that all our members provide not only an effective enforcement service but enables Creditors to recover their Judgments.

All parties subject to the enforcement of those Judgments will be treated fairly, ethically, and proportionately.

Following the introduction of Authorised High Court Enforcement Officers in 2004, the Government has insisted that before authorising any High Court Enforcement Officer, the individual seeking authorisation obtains Associate Membership of this Association.

The Association takes this responsibility seriously and has developed a training programme to ensure that only those reaching our very high standards in both knowledge and conduct are admitted as full members. By becoming a member, all members adhere to our high standards of expertise and our code of conduct.

With the introduction of Taking Control of Goods Regulations in April 2014, the enforcement process has become more transparent for all parties. We welcomed introducing a more simplified system that rewards early compliance and transparency where fees are concerned.

As you navigate our website, you will discover helpful information about High Court Enforcement, including who the Association’s Authorised Officers are, our regulations, code of conduct, and some practical frequently asked questions. Should you feel you need to make a complaint, details of our complaint's procedure may be found under the appropriate section.

We hope that you find the information helpful. Please contact us using the link should you need any further clarification or help.

Alan J Smith
Chair of the High Court Enforcement Officers Association


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