The registered office

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

  • The registered office
  • Requirement for a registered office
  • Changing the registered office
  • Registered office in Wales
  • Moving the registered office to a different jurisdiction
  • Documents to be retained at the registered office
  • Trading disclosures relating to the registered office
  • Registered office address disputes

The registered office

Coronavirus (COVID-19) IMPACT: Certain filing and registration deadlines are extended by temporary measures introduced to mitigate the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic (see Part 2 of The Companies etc. (Filing Requirements) (Temporary Modifications) Regulations 2020). The temporary provisions expire at the end of 5 April 2021. For further information see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID–19)—impact on company filing and administrative procedures.

Requirement for a registered office

A company is required to have a registered office at all times to which all communications and notices may be addressed.

The application to register a company must state the registered office address and whether the registered office is to be in England and Wales, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

The address of the registered office fixes the domicile of the company.

Changing the registered office

A company may change its registered office address by giving notice to Companies House on a form AD01.

The change of registered office takes effect upon the notice being registered by Companies House. Until the period of 14 days beginning with the date on which the form AD01 is registered, a person may validly serve any document on the company at the address previously registered. This means there is an overlap of 14 days during which notice could be served on the company at either the new registered office address or the old one.

On receipt of a notice

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