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CONTENTS

Draft Statutory Instruments

2008 No. 0000

Companies

The Registrar of Companies and Applications for Striking Off Regulations 2008

Made                                                   ***

Coming into force             1st October 2009

1.Citation, commencement and interpretation

2.Voluntary striking off: contents of an application

3.Annotation of the register

4.Rectification of the register on application

5.Applications to rectify: further requirements, objections and notices to be issued by the registrar

6.Documents relating to Welsh companies: exceptions to the requirement for a certified translation, and revocation of previous exceptions

7.Documents delivered in other languages

8.Permitted characters and symbols for names and addresses in documents delivered to the registrar

Signature

SCHEDULEPERMITTED CHARACTERS AND SYMBOLS

Explanatory Note

 

The Secretary of State makes the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 1003(2)(b), 1081(2), 1095(1) and (2), 1104(2)(a), 1105(2)(d), 1108(2), 1167 and 1292(1), (3) and (4) of the Companies Act 2006(1).

In accordance with sections 1095(6), 1290 and 1292(4) of that Act, a draft of this instrument was laid before Parliament and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.

Citation, commencement and interpretation

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Registrar of Companies and Applications for Striking Off Regulations 2009 and come into force on 1st October 2009.

(2) In these Regulations—

(a)“relevant company form” has the meaning given in regulation 4(3);

(b)“relevant material” has the meaning given in regulation 4(2);

(c)“relevant overseas company form” has the meaning given in regulation 4(4); and

(d)“valid objection” has the meaning given in regulation 4(8).

Voluntary striking off: contents of an application

2.—(1) An application under section 1003 of the Companies Act 2006 (application for voluntary striking off) must contain a declaration that neither section 1004 nor section 1005(1) of that Act prevents the application from being made.

(2) The declaration must be made by the directors who are making the application on behalf of the company.

Annotation of the register

3.  Where it appears to the registrar that material on the register is misleading or confusing, the registrar may place a note in the register containing such information as appears to the registrar to be necessary to remedy, as far as possible, the misleading or confusing nature of the material.

Rectification of the register on application

4.—(1) On application under this regulation (but not if there is a valid objection to the application) the registrar must remove from the register any relevant material that—

(a)derives from anything invalid or ineffective or that was done without the authority of the company or overseas company to which the material relates, or

(b)is factually inaccurate, or is derived from something that is factually inaccurate or forged.

(2) “Relevant material” means material on the register that was included in, or is derived from material that was included in, a relevant company form or a relevant overseas company form delivered to the registrar by any person.

(3) A “relevant company form” is—

(a)a standard form required for giving notice under section 87 (change of address of registered office), section 167 (changes relating to directors) or section 276 (changes relating to secretaries) of the Companies Act 2006; or

(b)so much of a standard form required for delivering an application under section 9 of that Act (application for registration of a company) as is required for the statement of a company’s proposed officers referred to in section 9(4)(c).

(4) A “relevant overseas company form” is—

(a)so much of a standard form required for delivering a return under regulation 4 of the Overseas Companies Regulations 2009(2) as is required for—

(i)the list referred to in regulation 6(1)(d) of those Regulations (list of directors and secretary of an overseas company);

(ii)the names and service addresses referred to in regulation 7(1)(e) of those Regulations (names and service addresses of persons authorised to accept service of documents on behalf of an overseas company in respect of a UK establishment); or

(iii)the list referred to in regulation 7(1)(f) of those Regulations (list of permanent representatives of an overseas company in respect of a UK establishment); or

(b)so much of a standard form required for delivering a return under regulation 13 of those Regulations as is required for details of the alteration of particulars delivered under—

(i)regulation 6(1)(d) of those Regulations (directors and secretary);

(ii)regulation 7(1)(a) of those Regulations (address of UK establishment);

(iii)regulation 7(1)(e) of those Regulations (names and service addresses of persons authorised to accept service); or

(iv)regulation 7(1)(f) of those Regulations (list of permanent representatives).

(5) An application to the registrar for the removal from the register (on the grounds in paragraph (1)) of material that was included in a standard form required for giving notice under section 87 of the Companies Act 2006 (change of address of registered office), or of material that is derived from material that was included in such a form, may be made by (and only by) the company to which the material relates.

(6) An application to the registrar for the removal from the register (on the grounds in paragraph (1)) of material that was included in, or is derived from material that was included in, so much of a standard form required for delivering a return under regulation 13 of the Overseas Companies Regulations 2009 as is required for details of the alteration of particulars delivered under regulation 7(1)(a) of those Regulations (address of UK establishment) may be made by (and only by) the overseas company to which the material relates.

(7) An application to the registrar for the removal from the register on the grounds in paragraph (1) of relevant material other than material referred to in paragraph (5) or (6) may be made by (and only by)—

(a)the person by whom the relevant company form or relevant overseas company form (as the case may be) was delivered to the registrar;

(b)the company or overseas company to which the material relates; or

(c)any other person to whom the material relates.

(8) A “valid objection” is—

(a)an objection made in accordance with regulation 5(10) and (11) by a person to whom notice of the application was given under regulation 5(2), (3), (4) or (5), or

(b)an objection made in accordance with regulation 5(10) by any other person which is not an objection that the registrar is prevented from taking into account under regulation 5(12).

(9) In this regulation “required” means required by rules made by the registrar under section 1117 of the Companies Act 2006.

Applications to rectify: further requirements, objections and notices to be issued by the registrar

5.—(1) An application to the registrar under regulation 4 must, in addition to satisfying the requirements of section 1095(3) of the Companies Act 2006—

(a)state the applicant’s name and address;

(b)where the application is an application referred to in regulation 4(5) or (6), confirm that the applicant is the company or (as the case may be) the overseas company to which the relevant material which is the subject of the application relates;

(c)in any other case, state whether the applicant is a person mentioned in regulation 4(7)(a), a person mentioned in regulation 4(7)(b) or a person mentioned in regulation 4(7)(c); and

(d)state whether the relevant material which is the subject of the application—

(i)derives from anything invalid or ineffective;

(ii)derives from anything that was done without the authority of the company or overseas company to which the material relates;

(iii)is factually inaccurate or is derived from something that is factually inaccurate; or

(iv)is derived from something that is forged.

(2) Where the application is an application referred to in regulation 4(5), the registrar must give notice of the application to—

(a)the person who delivered the standard form mentioned in that regulation to the registrar (but only if the registrar knows the identity and name and address of that person);

(b)every person who (to the registrar’s knowledge) was a director or secretary of the company at the time when the application was delivered to the registrar; and

(c)the company at the address of its registered office.

(3) Where the material which is the subject of the application relates to a company (rather than an overseas company), but the application is not an application referred to in regulation 4(5), the registrar must give notice of the application to—

(a)every person mentioned in regulation 4(7) whose identity and name and address the registrar knows (other than the applicant); and

(b)every person who (to the registrar’s knowledge) was a director or secretary of the company at the time when the application was delivered to the registrar.

(4) Where the application is an application referred to in regulation 4(6), the registrar must give notice of the application to—

(a)the person who delivered the standard form mentioned in that regulation to the registrar (but only if the registrar knows the identity and name and address of that person);

(b)every person registered under regulation 4 or 13 of the Overseas Companies Regulations 2009, at the time when the application was delivered to the registrar, as a director or secretary of the overseas company;

(c)the persons mentioned in paragraph (6); and

(d)the overseas company.

(5) Where the material which is the subject of the application relates to an overseas company, but the application is not an application referred to in regulation 4(6), the registrar must give notice of the application to—

(a)every person mentioned in regulation 4(7) whose identity and name and address the registrar knows (other than the applicant);

(b)every person registered under regulation 4 or 13 of the Overseas Companies Regulations 2009, at the time when the application was delivered to the registrar, as a director or secretary of the overseas company; and

(c)the persons mentioned in paragraph (6).

(6) The persons are—

(a)every person registered under regulation 4 or 13 of the Overseas Companies Regulations 2009, at the time when the application was delivered to the registrar, as a person authorised to accept service of documents on behalf of the overseas company in respect of a UK establishment of the company; and

(b)every person registered under regulation 4 or 13 of those Regulations, at the time when the application was delivered to the registrar, as a permanent representative of the overseas company in respect of a UK establishment of the company.

(7) Where the material which is the subject of the application is material that was included in, or is derived from material that was included in, a relevant overseas company form described in regulation 4(4)(a)(ii) or (iii) or regulation 4(4)(b)(ii), (iii) or (iv), the notice which the registrar is required by paragraph (4) or (5) to give to the overseas company must be given to the company at the address which was, at the time when the application was delivered to the registrar, registered under regulation 4 or 13 of the Overseas Companies Regulations 2009 as the address of the company’s UK establishment to which the material relates (and notice need not be given to the company at any other address).

(8) The notice given by the registrar under paragraph (2), (3), (4) or (5) must—

(a)where the material which is the subject of the application relates to a company (rather than an overseas company), state the name and registered number of the company to which the material relates;

(b)where the material which is the subject of the application relates to an overseas company, state the overseas company’s name registered under regulation 4 or 13 of the Overseas Companies Regulations 2009 or section 1048 of the Companies Act 2006 and its registered number allocated under section 1066 of that Act;

(c)where the material which is the subject of the application is material that was included in, or is derived from material that was included in, a relevant overseas company form described in regulation 4(4)(a)(ii) or (iii) or regulation 4(4)(b)(ii), (iii) or (iv), state the registered number allocated under section 1067(3) of the Companies Act 2006 to the UK establishment to which the material relates;

(d)specify what is to be removed from the register and indicate where on the register it is;

(e)state the information provided to the registrar under paragraph (1)(d);

(f)state the date on which the notice is issued;

(g)give particulars of the recipient’s right to object to the application and the requirements applying to that right under paragraphs (10) and (11);

(h)explain the effect of paragraph (13); and

(i)explain the effect of regulation 4(1) and of section 1095(4) of the Companies Act 2006.

(9) An objection to an application under regulation 4 may be made to the registrar by any person.

(10) An objection must be made by giving notice in writing to the registrar, and the notice must state the name and address of the person making the objection and identify the application to which the objection relates.

(11) A person to whom notice of an application was given under paragraph (2), (3), (4) or (5) and who wishes to object to the application must do so before the end of the period of 28 days beginning with the date on which that notice was issued (as stated in the notice).

(12) The registrar must not take account of an objection made by any other person after the end of the period of 28 days beginning with the date on which the notices under paragraph (2), (3), (4) or (5) were issued.

(13) If a valid objection is made to the application, the registrar must reject the application.

(14) When a valid objection is made, the registrar must also—

(a)send an acknowledgment of receipt to the person who made the objection;

(b)notify the applicant of the fact that an objection has been made; and

(c)notify every other person to whom the registrar gave notice under paragraph (2), (3), (4) or (5) (but not the person who made the objection or any other person who has made an objection).

(15) If no valid objection is made, the registrar must notify the applicant of that fact.

(16) In this regulation “UK establishment” has the meaning given in section 1067(6) of the Companies Act 2006(4).

Documents relating to Welsh companies: exceptions to the requirement for a certified translation, and revocation of previous exceptions

6.—(1) The documents in paragraph (2) are excepted from the requirement in section 1104(2) of the Companies Act 2006 that a document relating to a Welsh company must, on delivery to the registrar in Welsh, be accompanied by a certified translation into English.

(2) The documents are—

(a)a non-traded company’s memorandum of association;

(b)a non-traded company’s articles;

(c)a community interest company report prepared for a non-traded company under section 34 of the Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Act 2004(5);

(d)a resolution or agreement which was agreed to by members of a non-traded company and to which Chapter 3 of Part 3 of the Companies Act 2006 applies, except for a resolution or agreement listed in paragraph (3);

(e)annual accounts and reports of a non-traded company required to be delivered to the registrar under Part 15(6) of the Companies Act 2006;

(f)a declaration referred to in regulation 11(1)(b) or regulation 12(1)(b) or (c) of the Community Interest Company Regulations 2005(7) which relates to a non-traded company;

(g)revised accounts and any revised report of a non-traded company, and any auditor’s report on such revised accounts and reports, required to be delivered to the registrar by the Companies (Revision of Defective Accounts and Reports) Regulations 2008(8);

(h)a document required to be appended to the group accounts of a non-traded company by paragraph 30(2) of Schedule 6 to the Large and Medium-sized Companies and Groups (Accounts and Reports) Regulations 2008(9) (banking groups: information as to undertaking in which shares held as a result of financial assistance operation).

(3) The following is the list of resolutions and agreements referred to in paragraph (2)(d)—

(a)a special resolution that—

(i)a private company should be re-registered as a public company;

(ii)a public company should be re-registered as a private limited company;

(iii)a private limited company should be re-registered as an unlimited company; or

(iv)an unlimited company should be re-registered as a limited company;

(b)a special resolution agreeing to the change of a company’s name;

(c)a special resolution required by section 37(10) of the Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Act 2004 (requirements for an existing company to become a community interest company);

(d)a resolution or agreement as altered by an enactment other than an enactment amending the general law, required to be delivered to the registrar under section 34 of the Companies Act 2006;

(e)a resolution or agreement as altered by an order of a court or other authority, required to be delivered to the registrar under section 35 or 999 of that Act;

(f)a special resolution under section 88(2) of that Act requiring the register to be amended so that it states that a company’s registered office is to be situated in Wales;

(g)a special resolution under section 626 of that Act (reduction of capital in connection with redenomination);

(h)a special resolution under section 641(1)(a) of that Act (resolution for reducing the share capital of a private limited company supported by solvency statement);

(i)a resolution under section 664(1) of that Act that a public company should be re-registered as a private company to comply with section 662.

(4) For the purposes of paragraph (2)(g), “revised accounts” and “revised report” have the meanings given in regulation 2 of the Companies (Revision of Defective Accounts and Reports) Regulations 2008.

(5) Regulation 4 of the Companies (Welsh Language Forms and Documents) Regulations 1994(11) is revoked.

Documents that may be delivered under the Companies Acts in a language other than English

7.—(1) The documents listed in paragraph (2) are specified for the purposes of section 1105(2)(d) of the Companies Act 2006 as documents which may be drawn up and delivered to the registrar under the Companies Acts in a language other than English but which must, when delivered to the registrar, be accompanied by a certified translation into English.

(2) The documents are—

(a)a memorandum of association;

(b)a company’s articles;

(c)a valuation report required to be delivered to the registrar under section 94(2)(d) of the Companies Act 2006;

(d)any order made by a competent court in the United Kingdom or elsewhere.

Permitted characters and symbols for names and addresses in documents delivered to the registrar

8.—(1) The characters and symbols specified in paragraph (3) are permitted for the purposes of section 1108(1) of the Companies Act 2006 (and names and addresses in documents delivered to the registrar must therefore contain only those characters and symbols).

(2) But the requirement in section 1108(1) does not apply to the following documents—

(a)a memorandum of association;

(b)a company’s articles;

(c)an order made by a competent court in the United Kingdom or elsewhere;

(d)an agreement required to be forwarded to the registrar under Chapter 3 of Part 3 of the Companies Act 2006 (agreements affecting a company’s constitution);

(e)a valuation report required to be delivered to the registrar under section 94(2)(d) of that Act;

(f)a document required to be delivered to the registrar under section 400(2)(e) or section 401(2)(f) of that Act (company included in accounts of larger group: required to deliver copy of group accounts)(12);

(g)an instrument or copy instrument required to be delivered to the registrar under Part 25 of that Act (company charges)(13);

(h)a certified copy of the constitution of an overseas company required to be delivered to the registrar under regulation 8, 14 or 15 of the Overseas Companies Regulations 2009;

(i)a copy of accounting documents of an overseas company required to be delivered to the registrar under regulation 9, 32, 45 or 46 of those Regulations;

(j)a copy of the annual accounts of an overseas company, or of a credit or financial institution to which Chapter 2 of Part 6 of the Overseas Companies Regulations 2009 applies, required to be delivered to the registrar under section 441 of the Companies Act 2006(14).

(3) The characters and symbols specified in this paragraph are—

(a)those in the Schedule;

(b)full stops, commas, colons, semi-colons and hyphens;

(c)the numerals 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.

(4) In this regulation the expressions “accounting documents”, “certified copy” and “constitution” have the meanings given in the Overseas Companies Regulations 2009.

 
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