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PART XXIVN.I.THE REGISTRAR OF COMPANIES, HIS FUNCTIONS AND OFFICE

Registration office and registrarN.I.

653 .F1—(1) For the purposes of the registration of companies under the Companies Orders, the Department shall continue to maintain and administer an office of the Department in Northern Ireland at such place as the Department thinks fit.

(2) The Department may for those purposes appoint an officer as registrar of companies and one or more than one officer as assistant registrar of companies.

(3) The Department may direct a seal or seals to be prepared for the authentication of documents required for or in connection with the registration of companies.

[F2(4) Paragraph (5) applies where by virtue of Article 11(1) of the Deregulation and Contracting Out (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 a person is authorised by the registrar to accept delivery of any class of documents which are under any provision of the Companies Orders to be delivered to the registrar.

(5) If—

(a)the registrar directs that documents of that class shall be delivered to a specified address of the authorised person; and

(b)the direction is printed and made available to the public (with or without payment),

any document of that class which is delivered to an address other than the specified address shall be treated for the purposes of those Orders as not having been delivered.]

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F1mod. by SR 2004/307

[F3Companies' registered numbersN.I.

[F3654.(1) The registrar shall allocate to every company a number, which shall be known as the company's registered number.

(2) Companies' registered numbers shall be in such form, consisting of one or more sequences of figures or letters, as the registrar may from time to time determine.

(3) The registrar may upon adopting a new form of registered number make such changes of existing registered numbers as appear to him necessary.

(4) A change of a company's registered number has effect from the date on which the company is notified by the registrar of the change; but for a period of three years beginning with the date on which that notification is sent by the registrar [F4any requirement imposed by regulations made under section 82 of the Companies Act 2006] as to the use of the company's registered number on [F5business letters, order forms and websites] is satisfied by the use of either the old number or the new.

(5 )F6 In this Article “company” includes—

[F7(za)any Part XXIII company which has complied with paragraph 1 of Schedule 20A other than a company which appears to the registrar not to have a branch in Northern Ireland;]

(a)any Part XXIII company which has complied with Article 641 (delivery of statutes to registrar, &c.), other than a company which appears to the registrar not to have a place of business in Northern Ireland, and

(b)any body to which any provision of this Order applies by virtue of Article 667 (unregistered companies).]

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F7SR 1993/198

[F8Registration of branches of Part XXIII companiesN.I.

[F8654A.(1) For each company to which Article 640A applies the registrar shall keep, in such form as he thinks fit, a register of the branches registered by the company under paragraph 1 of Schedule 20A.

(2) The registrar shall allocate to every branch registered by him under this Article a number, which shall be known as the branch's registered number.

(3) Branches' registered numbers shall be in such form, consisting of one or more sequences of figures or letters, as the registrar may from time to time determine.

(4) The registrar may upon adopting a new form of registered number make such changes of existing registered numbers as appear to him necessary.

(5) A change of a branch's registered number has effect from the date on which the company is notified by the registrar of the change; but for a period of three years beginning with the date on which that notification is sent by the registrar the requirement of Article 643(3) as to the use of the branch's registered number on business letters and order forms is satisfied by the use of either the old number or the new.

(6) Where a Part XXIII company to which Article 640A applies files particulars, in any circumstances permitted by this Order, by:

(a)adopting particulars already filed in respect of another branch; or

(b)including in one document particulars which are to relate to two or more branches,

the registrar shall ensure that the particulars concerned become part of the registered particulars of each branch concerned.]

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F8SR 1993/198

[F3Delivery to the registar of documents in legible formN.I.

[F3655.(1) This Article applies to the delivery to the registrar under any provision of the Companies Orders of documents in legible form.

(2) The document must—

(a )F9state in a prominent position the registered number of the company to which it relates,[F10 and, if the document is delivered under Article 645A, 652O or 652P or Schedule 20A or 20D, the registered number of the branch to which it relates,]

(b)satisfy any requirements prescribed by regulations for the purposes of this Article, and

(c)conform to such requirements as the registrar may specify for the purpose of enabling him to copy the document.

(3) If a document is delivered to the registrar which does not comply with the requirements of this Article, he may serve on the person by whom the document was delivered (or, if there are two or more such persons, on any of them) a notice indicating the respect in which the document does not comply.

(4) Where the registrar serves such a notice, then, unless a replacement document—

(a)is delivered to him within 14 days after the service of the notice, and

(b)complies with the requirements of this Article (or Article[F11 656B]) or is not rejected by him for failure to comply with those requirements,

the original document shall be deemed not to have been delivered to him.

But for the purposes of any statutory provision imposing a penalty for failure to deliver, so far as it imposes a penalty for continued contravention, no account shall be taken of the period between the delivery of the original document and the end of the period of 14 days after service of the registrar's notice.]

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F9mod. by SR 2004/307

F10SR 1993/198

F11SR 2003/3

Art. 656 rep. by SR 2003/3

[F3The keeping of company records by the registrarN.I.

[F3656A.[F12(1) The information contained in a document delivered to the registrar under the Companies Orders may be recorded and kept by him in any form he thinks fit, provided it is possible to inspect the information and to produce a copy of it in legible form.

This is sufficient compliance with any duty of his to keep, file or register the document.

(2) The originals of documents delivered to the registrar in legible form shall be kept by him for ten years, after which they may be destroyed.

(3) Where a company has been dissolved, the registrar may, at any time after the expiration of two years from the date of the dissolution, direct that any records in his custody relating to the company may be removed to the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland; and records in respect of which such a direction is given shall be disposed of in accordance with the statutory provisions relating to that Office.

(4 )F13 In paragraph (3) “company” includes a company provisionally or completely registered under the Joint Stock Companies Act 1844.]]

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F12Art. 656A repealed (1.1.2007 for certain purposes, otherwise prosp.) by Companies Act 2006 (c. 46), ss. 1284(2), 1295, 1300(2), Sch. 16; S.I. 2006/3428, art. 7(a), Sch. 2 Pt. 2 (with arts. 6, 8, Sch. 5)

F13mod. by SR 2004/307

[F14Delivery to the registrar using electronic communicationsN.I.

[F14656B.(1) Electronic communications may be used for the delivery of any document to the registrar under any provision of the Companies Orders (including delivery of a document in the prescribed form), provided that such delivery is in such form and manner as is directed by the registrar.

(2) Where the document is required under any provision of the Companies Orders to be signed or sealed, it shall instead be authenticated in such manner as is directed by the registrar.

(3) The document must contain in a prominent position—

(a )F15the name and registered number of the company to which it relates, or

(b )F15if the document is delivered under Part XXIII, the registered number of the branch or place of business of the company to which it relates.

(4) If a document is delivered to the registrar which does not comply with the requirements imposed by or under this Article, he may serve on the person by whom the document was delivered (or, if there are two or more such persons, on any of them) a notice indicating the respect in which the document does not comply.

(5) Where the registrar serves such a notice, then unless a replacement document—

(a)is delivered to him within 14 days after the service of the notice, and

(b)complies with the requirements of this Article (or Article 655) or is not rejected by him for failure to comply with those requirements,

the original document shall be deemed not to have been delivered to him.

But for the purposes of any statutory provision imposing a penalty for failure to deliver, so far as it imposes a penalty for continued contravention, no account shall be taken of the period between the delivery of the original document and the end of the period of 14 days after service of the registrar's notice.

(6) In this Article references to the delivery of a document include references to the forwarding, lodging, registering, sending or submission of a document and to the giving of a notice.]

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Fees payable to registrarN.I.

657 .F16(1) The Department may by regulations require the payment to the registrar of such fees as may be specified in the regulations in respect of—

(a)the performance by the registrar of such functions under the Companies Orders as may be so specified, including the receipt by him of[F17 any document which under those Orders is required to be delivered to him];

(b)the inspection of documentsF17. . . kept by him under those Orders.

(2) Regulations made under paragraph (1)(a) requiring the payment of a fee in respect of a matter for which no fee was previously payable or increasing a fee shall be subject to affirmative resolution.

(3) Fees paid to the registrar under the Companies Orders shall be[F18 paid into the Consolidated Fund].

(4) It is hereby declared that the registrar may charge a fee for any services provided by him otherwise than in pursuance of any obligation imposed on him by law.

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[F3Inspection, &c. of records kept by the registrarN.I.

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[F3Certificate of incorporationN.I.

[F3659 .F20  Any person may require a certificate of the incorporation of a company, signed by the registrar or authenticated by his official seal.]

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[F3Provision and authentication by registrar of documents is non-legible formN.I.

[F3659A .F21(1) Any requirement of the Companies Orders as to the supply by the registrar of a document may, if the registrar thinks fit, be satisfied by the communication by the registrar of the requisite information in any non-legible form prescribed for the purposes of this Article by regulations or approved by him.

(2) Where the document is required to be signed by him or sealed with his official seal, it shall instead be authenticated in such manner as may be prescribed by regulations or approved by the registrar.]

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Public notice by registrar of receipt or issue of certain documentsN.I.

660.  F22. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Art. 661 rep. by 1990 NI 10

Enforcement of company's duty to make returnsN.I.

662.(1 )F24 If a company, having made default in complying with any provision of the Companies Orders which requires it to[F25 deliver a document to the registrar], or to give notice to him of any matter, fails to make good the default within 14 days after the service of a notice on the company requiring it to do so, the court may, on an application made to it by any member or creditor of the company or by the registrar, make an order directing the company and any officer of it to make good the default within such time as may be specified in the order.

(2 )F24 The court's order may provide that all costs of and incidental to the application shall be borne by the company or by any officers of it responsible for the default.

(3 )F24 Nothing in this Article prejudices the operation of any statutory provision imposing penalties on a company or its officers in respect of any such default as is mentioned in paragraph (1).

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Registrar's index of company and corporate namesN.I.

663 .F26(1) The registrar shall keep an index of the names of the following bodies—

(a)companies as defined by this Order,

[F27(aa)companies incorporated outside the United Kingdon and Gibraltar which have complied with paragraph 1 of Schedule 20A and which do not appear to the registrar not to have a branch in Northern Ireland,]

(b)companies incorporated outside Northern Ireland which have complied with Article 641 and which do not appear to the registrar not to have a place of business in Northern Ireland,

(c)incorporated and unincorporated bodies to which any provision of this Order applies by virtue of Article 667 (unregistered companies),

(d)limited partnerships registered under the [1907 c. 24] Limited Partnerships Act 1907,

[F28(da)limited liability partnerships incorporated under the Limited Liability Partnerships Act (Northern Ireland) 2002,]

(e)companies within the meaning of the [1985 c. 6] Companies Act 1985,

(f)companies incorporated outside Great Britain which have complied with section 691 of the Companies Act 1985 (which corresponds with Article 641 of this Order) and which do not appear to the registrar not to have a place of business in Great Britain, and

(g)societies registered under the [1969 c. 24 (N.I.)] Industrial and Provident Societies Act (Northern Ireland) 1969 or the [1965 c. 12] Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965.

(2) The Department may by order subject to negative resolution vary paragraph (1) by the addition or deletion of any class of body, except any within paragraph (1)(a) or (b) whether incorporated or unincorporated.

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Art. 664 rep. by 1990 NI 10

[F3InterpretationN.I.

[F3664A .F29(1) In this Part—

  • “document” includes information recorded in any form; and

  • “legible”, in the context of documents in legible or non-legible form, means capable of being read with the naked eye.

(2) References in this Part to delivering a document include sending, forwarding, producing or (in the case of a notice) giving it.]]]]]]]]]]

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