Advice: Best way to find an insolvency practitioner

Hi All,

I'm new to the forum, was hoping to get some advice on best practice really - and hopefully it's a useful resource for others.

Recently, I've had to search for an insolvency practitioner and found the whole experience very daunting and opaque. During my search, I didn't feel I could trust IPs I found online and a lot of people kept saying that I should be very careful of 'cowboys'. So I started from a point of caution which was quite hard to shake off. 

Eventually I got a fantastic recommendation but it took a very long to get there! Is this an unusual experience? Have I missed a trick here? Would love to know what the best ways are to find someone and how to work out who is good.