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Companies House to resume strike offs

Companies House to resume strike offs

Danielle Rees

In response to COVID-19, temporary easement measures have been kept under monthly review.

The measure to suspend compulsory strike off action has now been lifted, meaning that Companies House will resume the process of removing a company from the register if there is reasonable cause to believe it’s no longer in business.

Examples of reasonable cause would be:

  • If company documents are outstanding and Companies House has had no response to their letters
  • Letters sent by Companies House are returned undelivered
  • The company has no directors
Ordinarily, a company will receive two letters from Companies House if they do not file a confirmation statement or their annual accounts. After this, a notice is published in the Gazette to inform the public that the registrar intends to strike off the company.

If you have an interest in a company which is nearing strike off, you will need to register an objection to dissolution at Companies House.
The Intelligence and Enforcement Service Owner at Companies House, Stuart Morgan, has said:

‘’Companies House is committed to supporting businesses who may be struggling during these unprecedented times, and we have introduced a number of legislative and non-legislative easements since April to provide support.’’

‘’However, it’s important that we have the right balance between supporting businesses, maintaining the integrity of the data on our register, and making sure that directors are complying with their legal requirements.’’

If you wish to register an object of dissolution, you can click here for more information.

If you need further help or advice about this or any of the measures in place to help businesses affected by the coronavirus, please contact your usual Moore adviser.