Enforcement agent or bailiff? iconEnforcement agent or bailiff?

Now that Part 3 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 has come into force, much of the terminology around bailiffs and enforcement has changed. One such change is the name by which the person carrying out the enforcement is called.

The term enforcement agent replaces:

  • Bailiff
  • Certificated bailiff
  • Enforcement officer

An Enforcement Agent (EA) is the person who will attend the debtor’s premises to enforce the writ or warrant. They must undergo a process of training and certification.

In the case of High Court enforcement, the EA will act under the direction and authority of the authorised HCEO when enforcing the writ of control.