Section 218 of the Insolvency Act 1986

Section 218 of the Insolvency Act 1986 is the section that requires an Insolvency Practitioner to report potential criminal offences to relevant authorities.

Prosecution of delinquent officers and members of company.
(1)If it appears to the court in the course of a winding up by the court that any past or present officer, or any member, of the company has been guilty of any offence in relation to the company for which he is criminally liable, the court may (either on the application of a person interested in the winding up or of its own motion) direct the liquidator to refer the matter
(a)in the case of a winding up in England and Wales, to the Secretary of State, and
(b)in the case of a winding up in Scotland, to the Lord Advocate
(3)If in the case of a winding up by the court in England and Wales it appears to the liquidator, not being the official receiver, that any past or present officer of the company, or any member of it, has been guilty of an offence in relation to the company for which he is criminally liable, the liquidator shall report the matter to the official receiver.
(4)If it appears to the liquidator in the course of a voluntary winding up that any past or present officer of the company, or any member of it, has been guilty of an offence in relation to the company for which he is criminally liable, he shall forthwith report the matter—
(a)in the case of a winding up in England and Wales, to the Secretary of State, and
(b)in the case of a winding up in Scotland, to the Lord Advocate,
and shall furnish to the Secretary of State or (as the case may be) the Lord Advocate]such information and give to him such access to and facilities for inspecting and taking copies of documents (being information or documents in the possession or under the control of the liquidator and relating to the matter in question) as the Secretary of State or (as the case may be) the Lord Advocate requires.
(5)Where a report is made to the Secretary of State under subsection (4) he may, for the purpose of investigating the matter reported to him and such other matters relating to the affairs of the company as appear to him to require investigation, exercise any of the powers which are exercisable by inspectors appointed under section 431 or 432 of the [the Companies Act 1985 to investigate a company’s affairs.]
(6)If it appears to the court in the course of a voluntary winding up that—
(a)any past or present officer of the company, or any member of it, has been guilty as above-mentioned, and
(b)no report with respect to the matter has been made by the liquidator . . . under subsection (4),
the court may (on the application of any person interested in the winding up or of its own motion) direct the liquidator to make such a report.
On a report being made accordingly, this section has effect as though the report had been made in pursuance of subsection (4).

Section 218 of the Insolvency Act 1986