Following the introduction of The Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007, and The Taking of Control of Goods Regulations 2013, The Taking Control of Goods (Fees) Regulations 2014 and the Certification of Enforcement Agents Regulations 2014, the enforcement profession has seen many changes which evolve around the old Certificated Bailiff to the now Certificated Enforcement Agent.
Historically Enforcement Agents (Bailiffs) were represented by the once named Certificated Bailiffs Association of England and Wales (CBA), which subsequently dropped the England and Wales content. It initially represented the individual Certificated Bailiff.
The Association of Civil Enforcement Agents (ACEA) was then formed in 1996 as an alternative to CBA and evolved as an Association run by companies for companies but also representing those that held Certificates.
The CBA after the forming of ACEA then changed to Enforcement Services Association (ESA) and concentrated on company membership whilst still maintaining individual membership.
Following years of discussion ESA and ACEA merged as one professional Association representing the enforcement profession and whilst still maintaining individual membership, has concentrated on company membership and in the main the Executive has a majority of members that represent their companies.
The merging of both Associations left only one place for membership of a professional Association, a requirement of the majority of Tenders.
The voice of the individual over the past four years has diminished to a level that their requirements now appear to go unheard and find it difficult to keep up with the changes taking place.
The Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act has changed enforcement forever and whilst a long time coming, it is generally agreed it has been for the good of most involved but the needs of companies and those that enforce on the doorstep “the Enforcement Agent” are at times a long way apart.