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...

Companies House filing 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.

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.

Companies House Direct and WebCHeck services to close

Companies House (CH) has announced that Companies House Direct (CHD) and WebCHeck services will close later in 2021 as opposed to the initial date of February 2021. The decision to defer closure has been made to ‘ensure a smooth transition’ for their customers. CH are currently developing a dissolved company records index which will be available through Companies House Service (CHS) prior to the closure of

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