Companies House filing procedures
Companies House filing procedures

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

  • Companies House filing procedures
  • Documents to be filed at Companies House
  • Electronic or hard copy filing?
  • Electronic filing
  • Hard copy filing
  • Protected online filing (PROOF)
  • Same-day or standard filing?
  • Companies House offices
  • Companies House Cardiff
  • Companies House Belfast
  • More...

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Following the COVID-19 outbreak, some Companies House filing and other administrative procedures have been temporarily suspended or changed. For further details of the impact of COVID-19, see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID–19)—impact on company filing and administrative procedures.

Filing documents at Companies House may be one of the most simple tasks a corporate lawyer ever has to carry out in his or her career, but it still is of the utmost importance to get it right. Some company actions only take effect upon the registration of a document filed at Companies House (eg reductions of capital and a change of company name), so carrying out the filing procedure correctly will be essential to the transaction's success. The timing of a particular filing might be crucial to a wider transaction, and if a document is filed incorrectly, it could have a major knock-on effect on the timetable for the next steps.

Documents to be filed at Companies House

The following are the main categories of document that should be filed at Companies House:

  1. incorporation documents, or documents relating to the tailoring of a shelf company (see Practice Notes: Incorporating a company or Tailoring a shelf company)

  2. documents relating to the appointment or termination of a director or company secretary (see Practice Notes: Appointment, retirement and resignation of a director and Appointment of a company secretary)

  3. changes to

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