Directors details and registered offices – new regulations in force

Two sets of regulations, made under the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act 2015, which amend the Companies Act 2006 came into force on 6 April.

Registrar of Companies and Applications for Striking Off (Amendment) Regulations 2016 - the regulations will amend section 1095 of the Companies Act 2006 to ensure that an application to take a director's details off the register, made by or on behalf of the person named on the register, can only be stopped where the company provides sufficient evidence to show that a person did in fact consent to be a director. An objection will no longer prevent removal of material from the register naming a person as a director.

Companies (Address of Registered Office) Regulations 2016 - the regulations, with new section 1097A of the Companies Act 2006 (Rectification of register relating to company registered office), will introduce a new procedure to allow the registrar of companies to change the registered office of a company or limited liability partnership where, following an application by any person, the registrar considers that the entity is not authorised to use that address. If the entity fails to provide adequate evidence that it is entitled to use the address, the registrar must change the address of the registered office to a default address (a PO Box at Companies House).