All done now. High Court was impressive. A lot of waiting around. 18 or so people on the day. Mad dash to the OR (lol) and all over by 3:30pm.
Here's the sequence of events for anyone who might be interested:
10am High Court
10:20am Thomas Moore Building: Papers checked and signed (needed to fill in a revised sheet - civil partnership changes or something like that). Told to take papers with me in order to pay fees and then return. Given map to fees office.
10:30am Fees office: Not the easiest place to find. It's basically on the right side of the main entrance (as you look at the High Court) near the front of the building. Paid my £310. Told to hand in exemption form next door down. (JSA booklet is not proof - they wanted letter with amount and type of benefit. Didn't seem to matter though??) Fees paid, receipt given.
10:50am Back to Thomas Moore Building: Bit of a queue at the "post office-like" points. Papers checked again, then sworn in there and then (You're asked if you're religious or not and then you "repeat after" the clerk). Have to say I whispered my way through that part. Papers taken and told to come back at 2:30pm, to the floor below. (All this without a judge in sight!?)
11:40am This is when the boredom creeps in: Conducted my own tour of the building. Lovely architecture. Sat reading in the court yards, sat in the cafe, sat in another court yard. Had another coffee. People watching was fun, especially the judges. Some with wigs, some without, some whipping them off in relief, others on their mobiles. Camera crews were outside in force too. Didn't think my BR warranted such media attention?
2:30pm Thomas Moore Building again: At last! All of us were sitting in a room waiting for our stamped papers to be given out. They called the names out alphabetically. Great! I was going to be last on the list... Finally, my name was announced and the papers handed to me. They were stamped at 12:45pm. Now told to head down to the Official Receiver's Office in Bloomsbury Street by 4:00pm at the latest. It was now 3:00pm.
On yer marks.... Get set... GO!!
Definitely turns into a race to get there (it's a first-come-first-served setup at the OR's). I was last out of the High Court, so had to make up some places! Decided to run. Others took cabs and buses... In the end got there in about 10mins, and was about 4th in line...
3:10pm The OR: Hmmm, Ok. Apart from a couple of them the ORs seemed to be straight out of college!! (Bigmac - I think you commented on that too). Definitely far too young...(or am I getting on a bit?). Anyway, I was ushered in to a small cubicle/room and was briefly asked about my reason for going bankrupt, and that was pretty much it. Didn't want my statements, but I did hand in my credit/bank cards. The OR photocopied my papers and I signed a couple of other documents. No questionnaire, or anything else, but was told that my case was straightforward. No mention of another interview nor an early discharge, but then the latter's not important, especially considering I was allowed to keep both tools of my trade!! Was out in 15mins too...
So all in all, not an unpleasent experience. Now I'm a bankrupt, and it's time to lurk (and post) in the "During Bankruptcy" index.
Once again thanks for all your help. Good luck to everyone going down this route!