Residential addresses of individual directors—protection from disclosure
Residential addresses of individual directors—protection from disclosure

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

  • Residential addresses of individual directors—protection from disclosure
  • Difference between service address and residential address
  • Notifying Companies House of residential address
  • Restriction on use or disclosure by the company
  • Restriction on use or disclosure by Companies House
  • Permitted use
  • Permitted disclosure
  • Permitted disclosure to a public authority
  • Permitted disclosure to a credit reference agency
  • Permission to put a residential address on the public record
  • More...

Residential addresses of individual directors—protection from disclosure

Difference between service address and residential address

It is important to understand the distinction under the Companies Act 2006 (CA 2006) between an individual director's service address and their residential address. A director’s residential address is protected information under the CA 2006 and may not be used or disclosed other than in a permitted way, or disclosed on the public register unless the director gives their residential address at their service address. The service address appears on the public register.

Directors commonly use the company's registered address as their service address, but they could use their own residential address if they wanted to and had no objection to that address being placed on the public register.

Notifying Companies House of residential address

A director is required to notify Companies House of their service address and their residential address upon appointment, and must also give notification of any changes to their service address or residential address.

An individual director's residential address will be included in the information given to Companies House following the appointment as a director. The address must also be recorded within a company's register of directors' residential addresses (see Practice Notes: Company records—a company's statutory registers and Location, inspection and copying of company records under the Companies (Company Records) Regulations 2008).

The CA 2006 requires that within a period of 14 days,

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