Companies act

General duties of directors

The general duties required of a director are set out in seven sections of the Companies Act.

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Appointment of directors

The legislation governing the appointment and removal of directors is contained in the Companies Act in Part 10 and comprises nine chapters and over 100 sections. Inevitably this section of our website cannot cover all the aspects of the Act, but endeavours to ...

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Shares and share capital

Shares in a limited company having share capital must each have a fixed nominal value and a share must be distinguished by its appropriate number, unless if at any time all the issued shares in a company are fully paid up and rank pari passu for all p...

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A company's members

The Companies Act requires that all companies must keep a register of members

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Registered office

The registered office is the official address to which all communications and notices may be addressed. The company must at all times have a registered office and this must be a physical location and not a PO Box address. The country of the location o...

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Changing the company name

The Companies Act permits a company to change its name. The provisions governing name change are found in sections 78 and 79. This may be achieved either by special resolution of the members or by other means provided by the company's articles. There are also p...

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Choosing a name for your company

A company name must not be offensive or suggest any connection with government or public authority, unless permission is granted by the Secretary of State.

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Forming a limited company

The provisions relating to company formation are contained in Parts 1 to 7.

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An historical record of the key changes

The Companies Act changes were introduced over almost three years. For the record, we include a historical account of when the various changes were enacted.

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Companies Act

The Companies Act comprises approximately 1,300 sections.

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