Overseas companies in the UK—trading disclosures and execution
Overseas companies in the UK—trading disclosures and execution

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

  • Overseas companies in the UK—trading disclosures and execution
  • Trading disclosures
  • Legibility of displays and disclosures
  • Display of registered name
  • Disclosure of name in communications
  • Particulars to appear in business letters, order forms and websites
  • Disclosure of names of directors
  • Disclosures relating to address for service
  • Civil consequences of failure to make required disclosures
  • Penalty for non-compliance
  • More...

When an overseas company opens an establishment which carries on business in the United Kingdom, it may have to register its particulars with Companies House. For details on registration requirements, see Practice Note: Registration of overseas companies in the UK.

This Practice Notes summarises:

  1. the trading disclosure requirements for overseas companies carrying on business in the UK pursuant to the Companies Act 2006 (CA 2006) and the Overseas Companies Regulations 2009 (OC Regs), and

  2. the rules which apply to all overseas companies (whether or not registered in the UK) in relation to the execution of documents pursuant to the Overseas Companies (Execution of Documents and Registration of Charges) Regulations 2009 (OC (EDRC) Regs)

Trading disclosures

When an overseas company carries on business in the UK (whether or not it is registered in the UK), it will have to make certain trading disclosures, which are very similar to those made by a UK company.

Legibility of displays and disclosures

The company is under a general obligation to ensure that all information disclosed or displayed pursuant to the regulations is legible and in characters that can be read with the naked eye.

Display of registered name

The company must display the company's name and country of incorporation:

  1. at every UK location at which it carries on business (subject to certain exceptions, including if the location is primarily used for living accommodation), and

  2. at

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