Voluntary striking off and dissolution
Voluntary striking off and dissolution

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

  • Voluntary striking off and dissolution
  • Why apply for striking off and dissolution?
  • When is voluntary striking off suitable?
  • Preparing for striking off
  • When is a striking off application permitted?
  • The application
  • Copy of application to be given to certain persons
  • What happens next?
  • Liability of directors, managing officers and shareholders
  • Withdrawal of striking off application
  • more

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Following the COVID-19 outbreak, some Companies House filing and other administrative procedures have been temporarily suspended or changed. For further details of the impact of COVID-19, see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID–19)—impact on company filing and administrative procedures.

It is possible to strike off a company pursuant to Part 31 of the Companies Act 2006 (CA 2006) either:

  1. voluntarily, by the company’s directors, or

  2. by the Registrar of Companies in circumstances where it appears that the company is no longer in business or operation

This note summarises the voluntary strike off process. For details on the Registrar's powers to strike off a company, see Practice Note: The Registrar's powers to strike off a defunct company.

Why apply for striking off and dissolution?

Any company can apply to Companies House to be struck off the register of companies and dissolved. Some of the most common reasons why a company may wish to be struck off and dissolved are:

  1. it is no longer in business or operation

  2. it has fulfilled the purposes for which it was incorporated, or

  3. its parent company is carrying out a reorganisation of its group structure and wants to strike off and dissolve that company, perhaps together with other subsidiaries

When is voluntary striking off suitable?

The strike off procedure can be a low cost, simple way to