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Can an overseas company sign an English law contract on behalf of its UK branch?

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Published on LexisPSL on 28/10/2019

The following Commercial Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Can an overseas company sign an English law contract on behalf of its UK branch?

The Companies Act 2006 defines an ‘overseas company’ as any company incorporated outside the UK. An overseas company has to be registered at Companies House if it opens an ‘establishment’ in the UK.

An establishment is:

  1. a branch within the meaning of the Eleventh Company Law Directive, Directive 89/666/EEC, or

  2. a place of business that is not such a branch

For further information on the definition of ‘branch’, see Q&A:What is meant by an overseas company having an establishment or a branch within the UK? and Practice Note: Registration of overseas companies in the UK.

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