Companies House filing procedures

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

  • Companies House filing procedures
  • Corporate transparency and register reform
  • Documents to be filed at Companies House
  • Electronic or hard copy filing
  • Electronic filing
  • Companies House WebFiling
  • Software filing
  • Hard copy filing
  • Protected online filing (PROOF)
  • Same-day or standard filing?
  • 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.

Corporate transparency and register reform

The government has an ambitious plan to overhaul Companies House.

The intention is for Companies House to undergo a full transformation, with the aim of being the most innovative, open and trusted registry in the world. The government hopes to improve the Registrar’s contribution to the UK economy, and at the same time boost its capacity to combat economic crime.

On 5 May 2019 BEIS published a consultation paper—Corporate Transparency and Registration Reform (Consultation on options to enhance the role of Companies House and increase the transparency of UK corporate entities). The consultation closed on 5 August 2019.

The consultation paper was organised into four key areas:

  1. Part A:

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