Registration of company charges

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

  • Registration of company charges
  • The scope of the requirement to register charges
  • Registration of charges by overseas companies
  • Registration of security interests created before 6 April 2013
  • Registration of a charge at Companies House
  • What charges should be registered?
  • Period allowed for registration
  • What particulars are required to be registered?
  • Rules for a charge over a series of debentures
  • Companies House forms
  • More...

Registration of company charges

The regime for registering charges created by a company at Companies House, as described in this Practice Note, is set out in Part 25 of the Companies Act 2006 (CA 2006).

This Practice Note may be read in conjunction with Practice Notes:

  1. How to register security at Companies House, and

  2. Problems with registering security at Companies House—what to do next

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See also the practical guidance published by Companies House: Registering a charge (mortgage) for a company.

It should be noted that a charge created by a company may need to be registered elsewhere, in addition to its registration at Companies House. In particular, there are additional registration requirements in relation to the creation of security over:

  1. land (see Practice Note: Perfecting security over land)

  2. intellectual property rights (see Practice Note: Perfecting security over intellectual property rights and registering security at an intellectual property registry)

  3. ships (see Practice Note: Perfecting security over ships and registering security on the UK Ship Register), and

  4. aircraft (see Practice Note: Perfecting security over aircraft and registering security on the UK Register of Aircraft Mortgages)

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The scope of the requirement to register charges

There are two important points to note about the scope of the regime

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