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Companies Act 1976

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23Registered office of company

(1)A company shall at all times have a registered office to which all communications and notices may be addressed.

(2)The intended situation of a company's registered office on, incorporation shall be specified in the statement delivered prior to incorporation of the company under section 21 above.

(3)Notice in the prescribed form of any change in the situation of a company's registered office shall be given within fourteen days of the change to the registrar of companies, who shall record the new situation.

(4)If default is made in complying with subsection (1) or (3) above, the company and every officer of the company who is in default shall be liable to a default fine.

(5)Section 107 of the Act of 1948 (which is superseded by this section) shall cease to have effect, but notwithstanding its repeal by this Act—

(a)where the memorandum of a company has been delivered for registration under section 12 of that Act before the coming into operation of section 21 above, section 107 shall continue to apply so as to require that company to send notice of the situation of its registered office to the registrar of companies within the time there mentioned ; and

(b)section 107 shall continue to apply in relation to any change in the situation of a company's registered office which occurred before the coming into operation of this section.

(6)In section 9(3) of the European Communities Act 1972, for paragraph (e) (official notification of receipt by registrar of notice of the situation of a company's registered office or of any change therein) there shall be substituted—

(e)any notice of a change in the situation of a company's registered office; but this subsection shall not affect the operation of the original paragraph (e) in relation to any notice of the situation of a company's registered office given to the registrar of companies under section 107(2) of the Act of 1948 after the coming into operation of this section.

(7)Section 21(6) above shall apply as if the requirements of subsection (2) above were included among the requirements of that section.

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