In response to the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent UK lockdown, in March Companies House introduced a temporary easement of voluntary strike off action.
These measures were reviewed monthly as lockdown restrictions eased and, following their July review, Companies House has now announced that these measures will be lifted from 10th September 2020.
It should be noted that this only applies to voluntary strike off action while compulsory strike off action will be eased until further notice*. *UPDATE: Compulsory strike off is set to resume on the 10th October 2020
For those who have already filed an application to strike off their company before 10th July 2020, Companies House has advised they will begin to remove companies from the register. From this date, if no objections to dissolution have been received and the 2 month period from publication in the Gazette has expired, your company will be struck off shortly afterwards.
Applications filed from the 10th of July onwards will not be affected by these changes and will be dealt with in the same manner as they would have been before the easement came into place.
Objections to company dissolutions should be registered with Companies House as early as possible after the publication of the Gazette notice and at least 2 weeks before the notice expiry date. If you have already registered an objection to a company dissolution, but the period for objection is due to expire, Companies House advises you submit another objection, if it is still required.
You can find more information about the restarting of the voluntary strike off process as well as the process for registering objections in the Companies House update here.
Farleys Solicitors has a team of corporate law specialists who have experience of advising businesses and organisations of all sizes on the Companies House procedures they need to follow, including the filing of documents, statutory registers, and voluntary and compulsory strike off processes. To speak to one of the team please call 0845 287 0939 or send your enquiry by email.