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Companies Act 2006 – Model Articles

For new companies registered on or after 1 October 2009, Table A has been replaced by the Companies Act 2006 – Model Articles

Model Articles are available for the three most common types of company:

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Table A

1. What is “Table A”?

Table A is simply the name given to the prescribed format for Articles of Association of a company limited by shares under the Companies Act 1985 and earlier legislation. The Articles set out the regulations by which the company will be managed. The first prescribed format of Articles was made in “The Joint Stock Companies Act, 1856”. In this Act, the Articles were called “Table B” (simply because they were preceded by a form of Memorandum of Association called “Form A”). At the next prescription, which happened in 1862, the Memorandum was moved into the body of the Act and the Articles became “Table A”. This naming convention for the Articles continued through legislation introduced in 1906, 1908, 1929, 1948 (and amendments made in 1967, 1976, 1980, 1981), and July 1985 (and amendments made in August 1985 and 2000) and in 2007.

2. Why would I need to refer to a “Table A”?

When a company limited by shares is incorporated, it does not need to file Articles if it wishes to use Table A as its Articles. In this case, if you search the records of a company limited by shares you may not find a document setting out its Articles. Certain provisions of Table A may also apply to a company which has filed Articles, if the company’s Articles have not specifically excluded or modified Table A. In either case, if you want to see the regulations that govern the management of the company, you need to refer to the relevant Table A.

3. Which Table A is relevant to a particular company?

The Table A which applies to a company is the Table A in force at the date of the company’s incorporation. If Table A was subsequently altered, the changes do not affect a company registered before the alteration took effect. To be sure you are reading the correct Table A, you need to know the date of incorporation of the company and which version of Table A was in force on that date.

The following list shows the effective date of each Table A.

The effective date of each Table A
Table A prescribed by: Effective from:
Joint Stock Companies Act 1856 (Table B – see question 1) 14 July 1856
The Companies Act 1862 7 August 1862
Board of Trade Order 1906 1 October 1906
Companies Consolidation Act 1908 1 April 1909
Companies Act 1929 1 November 1929
Companies Act, 1948 1 July 1948
- as amended by Companies Act 1967 27 January 1968
- as amended by Companies Act 1976 (3 commencement dates) 18 April 1977,
1 June 1977, and
1 October 1977
- as amended by the Stock Exchange (Completion of Bargains) Act 1976 Part 1
- as amended by the Stock Exchange (Completion of Bargains) Act 1976 Part 2
- as amended by the Stock Exchange (Completion of Bargains) Act 1976 Part 3
2 February 1979
- as amended by Companies Act 1980 22 December 1980
- as amended by Companies Act 1981 3 December 1981
Companies (Tables A to F) Regulations 1985 1 July 1985
- as amended by Companies (Tables A to F) (Amendment) Regulations 1985 1 August 1985
- as amended by Companies Act 1985 (Electronic Communications) Order 2000 22 December 2000

- as amended by Companies (Tables A to F) (Amendment) Regulations 2007 and The Companies (Tables A to F) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2007 for private companies limited by shares

- as amended by Companies (Tables A to F) (Amendment) Regulations 2007 and The Companies (Tables A to F) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2007 for public companies limited by shares

1 October 2007

Disclaimer

Please note that the Tables A provided here have been reproduced from the original published Acts, Order or Instruments listed above and are to the best of our knowledge and belief correct. However, Companies House accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions. Reliance should be placed solely on the relevant legislation as published by Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) (formerly known as Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO).