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Where a company has a registered office overseas but has a UK office address, which is not registered at companies house, can I serve the claim form on the defendant at the UK office?

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Published on LexisPSL on 09/03/2016

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  • Where a company has a registered office overseas but has a UK office address, which is not registered at companies house, can I serve the claim form on the defendant at the UK office?

Where a company has a registered office overseas but has a UK office address, which is not registered at companies house, can I serve the claim form on the defendant at the UK office?

If the company is registered in the EU and the debt is uncontested you could consider using a European Order for Payment. This provides a means by which payment may be sought without the need to initiate court proceedings. For information on this process, see Practice Note: European orders for payment.

If the debt is or is likely to be contested you need to consider the provisions within the Companies Act 2006 (CA 2006) to determine whether the company can be served with the claim form in England. For information on this area, see Practice Note: Serving documents under the Companies Act 2006 which highlights the following:

  1. if seeking to serve in an overseas company, you need to determine whether the company has registered its particulars under CA 2006, s 1046. Note: CA 1986, s 1056 ensues that where the information is registered it is available in a public register. The documents are filed by the overseas company at Companies House and should be available on the WebCheck part of the

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