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FAQ Companies Act 2006


A number of documents relating to the Companies Act 2006 are available on the BIS website including the Act itself, supporting secondary legislation and explanatory notes and briefing on latest developments (Companies Act 2006 - Related information)

Any advice given in the questions and answers that follow should not be regarded as legally binding; you may want to seek your own legal advice on particular issues. If you have a query regarding the BIS implementation of the Act which is not answered here, or if you would like to be included on our e-mail alert service when updates are available, please send an e-mail to clgenquiries@bis.gsi.gov.uk  We will aim to keep this webpage up to date with answers to questions of general interest; we can't offer advice on individual specific circumstances.


The following subjects have attached questions and answers:

General Issues

Commencement Timetable 

Articles of Association (Including Entrenchment) 

What is left behind in the 1985, 1989 and 2004 Acts 

Areas of Company Law

Addresses (directors' and members' or shareholders') 

Annual Returns 

Charges/Security Interests 

Company Secretary 

Derivative Claims 

Directors 

Distributions 

Execution of Documents 

E-communications 

Expenses of winding up - section 1282 Companies Act 2006 

Financial assistance by private companies for acquisition of own shares 

Indirect Investors 

Names 

Overseas Companies 

Political donations and expenditure 

Registers and Records 

Resolutions and meetings 

Restoration to the Register 

Share Capital 

Shareholder Rights 

Trading disclosures