Changing a company's name
Changing a company's name

The following Corporate guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Changing a company's name
  • Choosing a new company name
  • How to change a company's name
  • Companies House filing and fees
  • Registration and issue of new certificate of incorporation
  • Effective date
  • Other ways to change a company's name
  • Practical steps following change of name

This Practice Note should be read in conjunction with Practice Note: Company names and business names which summarises the legal requirements and restrictions regarding company and business names. For details of requirements relating to the disclosure of a company's name and other registration details at its premises, in its communications and on its business stationery and other documents, see Practice Note: Trading disclosures.

Choosing a new company name

Before proceeding with steps to change a company's name, the company and its directors should ensure that the proposed name is permitted in accordance with legislation. The Companies Act 2006 (CA 2006), The Company, Limited Liability Partnership and Business (Names and Trading Disclosures) Regulations 2015 and The Company, Limited Liability Partnership and Business Names (Sensitive Words and Expressions) Regulations 2014 set out the restrictions and requirements in relation to company, limited liability partnership and business names.

The company should also ensure that there are not already any companies registered with the desired name (or a name that would be deemed the 'same as' the proposed name) by checking the public register of companies on the Companies House website.

For details on the requirements and restrictions in relation to company names, see Practice Note: Company names and business names.

How to change a company's name

A company can change its name by:

  1. passing a