Please note: The information contained in this article is correct as of 16/07/20. Due to the ongoing nature of the coronavirus pandemic, guidance is subject to change and, as such, we would always advise you speak with a solicitor for tailored and specific advice.
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic and UK lockdown, Companies House has been gradually updating its procedures to allow documents to be filed electronically to assist business who may find filing physical documents difficult due to social distancing measures.
The team at Farleys have been updating our clients on what documents will and will not be accepted in an electronic format over the past four months and we have been also providing updates on our blog.
As of Wednesday 8th July, all Shareholder Resolutions and Articles can now be filed electronically with Companies House by using their temporary filing service (except resolutions to “change the name of a company; in relation to an insolvency case; for company to community interest company (CIC) and CIC to charitable company conversions.”). This can be done through the Companies House website.
This latest update is welcome news for businesses that have been experiencing delays in processes due to being unable to file the documents in any way other than paper copy. This means that documents which can now be filed electronically with Companies House include:
Appointment and resignation of officers
Making changes to your company accounting reference date, name, registered office
Issuing new shares
Creating and releasing mortgages and charges
Changes to PSC details
Resolutions to change the share capital
Amended or new Articles of Association
More details on specific documents which can be filed online can be found here.
Many business procedures have had to be updated since the UK locked down in March in order to comply with government guidance to combat the spread of COVID-19 whilst continuing to comply with company laws. Document filing deadlines, filing methods, directors and shareholders meetings, and document signing methods have all been subject to changes. We have written about these changes in blogs which you can find in our COVID-19 advice hub.
Our corporate team are happy to assist with any questions you may have regarding the new document filing processes. To speak to a member of the team please call 0845 287 0939 or contact us by email.