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Companies Act 1985

1985 CHAPTER 6

An Act to consolidate the greater part of the Companies Acts.

[11th March 1985]

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

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E1Act: for extent see s. 745(1)(2)

E2Act extended (Northern Ireland) (1.1.2007, 20.1.2007, 6.4.2007, 30.9.2007, 1.10.2007, 1.11.2007, 15.12.2007, 6.4.2008 and 1.10.2008 for certain purposes and otherwise 1.10.2009) by Companies Act 2006 (c. 46), ss. 1284(1), 1300; S.I. 2006/3428, art. 3(2)(e) (subject to art. 5, Sch. 1 and with arts. 6, 8, Sch. 5 (as amended by S.I. 2007/3495, art. 11, Sch. 5)); S.I. 2007/1093, art. 2(1)(e); S.I. 2007/2194, arts. 2-5 (with art. 12); S.I. 2007/2607, art. 2(2); S.I. 2007/3495, arts. 3, 5 (with arts. 7, 12); S.I. 2008/1886 arts. 1(3), {2(d)} (with arts. 6, 7); S.I. 2008/2860, art. 3(z) (with arts. 5, 7, 8, Sch. 2 (as amended by S.I. 2009/1802, art. 18, Sch., S.I. 2009/1802, art. 18, Sch.))

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C3Act applied (with modifications) by S.I. 1985/680, regs. 4-6, Sch.

Act applied (with modifications) by S.I. 1986/2142, arts. 1(2), 13(3)(4)(6), Sch. 2

C4Act modified by S.I. 1985/724, regs. 2(3)(4), 6(1)

C11Act applied with modifications by Insolvency Act 1986 (c. 45, SIF 66), s. 221

C17Act modified by British Steel Act 1988 (c. 35, SIF 70) s. 3(3)(b)

C19Act modified by S.I. 1989/638, regs. 8(1), 21

Act modified (27. 12. 1991) by S.I. 1991/2908, art. 2, Sch. paras. 4(2),6

C20Act amended by S.I. 1989/638, regs. 12(1), 21

C27Act applied with modifications by S.I. 1990/2570, regs. 3(1)(4), 16(1)

C28Act amended by S.I. 1990/2570, regs. 8(1), 9

C29Act modified by S.I. 1990/2570, reg. 10(5)

C30 Act excluded by Smith Kline & French Laboratories, Australia, and Menley & James, Australia, Act 1991 (c. i), s. 4(1)(b)

C32Act applied (with modifications) by S.I. 1991/823, reg. 3.

C33Act modified (27.6.1991) by Ports Act 1991 (c. 52, SIF 58), s. 3(4)(b)

C34Act: definitions applied (S.) (27. 11. 1991) by Natural Heritage (Scotland) Act 1991 (c. 28, SIF 46:1), s. 2(1)(e); S.I. 1991/2633, art. 3, Sch.

C35Act: definition of "debentures" applied (E.W.) (1.12.1991) by Statutory Water Companies Act 1991 (c. 58, SIF 130), ss. 13(7), 17(2)

Act applied (except s. 83 and s. 84 in part) (19.6.1995) by S.I. 1995/1537, reg. 20, Sch. 4 Pt. III para. 11

Act applied (21.3.1997) by 1986 c. 53, s. 101(6) (as substituted (21.3.1997) by 1997 c. 32, s. 41)

Act: certain provisions applied (E.W.) (7.10.2001) by S.I. 2001/3352, rule 4.11(5)

C36Act: definition of "company" applied (E.W.) (1.12.1991) by Water Industry Act 1991 (c. 56, SIF 130), ss. 219(1), 223(2) (with ss. 82(3), 186(1), 222(1))

C37Act: definition of "company" applied (E.W.) (1.12.1991) by Statutory Water Companies Act 1991 (c. 58, SIF 130), ss. 9(3), 17(2)

C39Act: definitions of "extraordinary resolution", "registrar of companies" and "special resolution" applied (E.W.) (1.12.1991) by Statutory Water Companies Act 1991 (c. 58, SIF 130), ss. 12(8), 17(2)

C41Act extended (with modifications) (19.12.1993) by S.I. 1993/3245, reg.3

C42Act modified (31.10.1994) by 1994 c. 21, s. 15, Sch. 3 para. 2(4)(b) (with s. 40(7)); S.I. 1994/2552, art. 2, Sch. 1

Act modified (31.10.1994) by 1994 c. 21, s. 67(1), Sch. 9 para. 32 (with s. 40(7)); S.I. 1994/2553, art. 2

Act modified (8.11.1995) by 1995 c. 37, s. 6, Sch. 2 para. 1(5)(b)

Act modified (8.11.1995) by 1995 c. 45, s. 17(1), Sch. 5 Pt. I paras. 1, 8(c)

Act modified (27.7.1999) by 1999 c. 20, s. 5(1), Sch. 2 Pt. II (with s. 15)

Act modified (27.7.1999) by 1999 c. 20, s. 6(2)(b) (with s. 15)

Act modified (temp. from 27.7.1999) by 1999 c. 20, s. 16(1)(4)(b) (with s. 15)

Act modified (6.11.2000) by 2000 c. 26, s. 63(7)(b); S.I. 2000/2957, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in arts. 3-8)

Act modified (16.2.2001) by 2000 c. 27, s. 108, Sch. 7 paras. 8, 9; S.I. 2001/1781, art. 2, Sch. (subject to transitional provisions in arts. 3-10)

Act modified (5.10.2004) by Energy Act 2004 (c. 20), ss. 39, 198(2), Sch. 6 para. 2(4)(c) (with s. 38(2)); S.I. 2004/2575, art. 2(1), Sch. 1

C43Act amended (8.11.1995) by 1995 c. 37, s. 6, Sch. 2 para. 14

C44Act excluded and modified (31.3.1996) by 1995 c. 20, s. 110(1), Sch. 4 para. 3(3)(7) (which amendment was repealed (1.4.1996) by 1995 c. 40, s. 6(1), Sch. 5)

C45Act excluded (3.2.1995) by 1994 c. 37, ss. 66(1), 69(2), Sch. 2 para. 6 (with s. 66(2))

Act excluded (31.3.1996) by 1995 c. 20, s. 110(1), Sch. 4 para. 4(3)(5) (which amendment was repealed (1.4.1996) by 1995 c. 40, s. 6(1), Sch. 5)

Act excluded (in part) (E.W.) (17.6.1996) by 1996 c. ii, s. 4(2)

Act excluded (E.W.) (1.10.1996) by 1996 c. 52, s. 7, Sch. 1 Pt. II para. 15(2) (with s. 51(4)); S.I. 1996/2402, art. 3 (subject to transitional provisions and savings in Sch.)

Act excluded (S.) (1.11.2001) by 2001 asp 10, s. 63, Sch. 7 Pt. II para. 12(3); S.S.I. 2001/336, art. 2(1)(3), Sch. Pt. II (subject to transitional provisions and savings in art. 3)

Act excluded (S.) (17.12.2001) by 2001 asp 13, s. 20, Sch. 6 para. 9(5) (with s. 29); S.S.I. 2001/456, art. 2

Act excluded (E.W.N.I.) (1.9.2001) by 2001 c. 17, s. 38, Sch. 6 para. 11(5) (with ss. 27(3), 39, 78); S.I. 2001/2161, art. 3

Act excluded (24.3.2003) by Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (c. 29), ss. 426(10)(a), 458(1)(3); S.I. 2003/333, art. 2, Sch. 1 (as amended by S.I. 2003/531)

C46Act extended (6.1.1997) by S.I. 1996/2827, reg. 2(4)

C47Act applied (with modifications) (1.6.1998) by 1998 c. 11, s. 7(3)(9); S.I. 1998/1120, art. 2

C48Act: specified provisions applied (with modifications) (6.4.2001) by S.I. 2001/1090, reg. 4(1), Sch. 2 Pt. 1 (as amended (1.10.2009) by S.I. 2009/1804, reg. 85, Sch. 3 para. 13(3)(5) (as amended by S.I. 2009/1833, reg. 2(2)))

C49Act modified (1.1.2007, 20.1.2007, 6.4.2007, 1.10.2007, 1.11.2007, 15.12.2007, 6.4.2008, 1.10.2008 for certain purposes, otherwise 1.10.2009) by Companies Act 2006 (c. 46), ss. 1168, 1173, 1300; S.I. 2006/3428, arts. 2(2)(f)(g), 3(2)(c)(d) (subject to Sch. 1, and with art. 6, and with transitional provisions and savings in art. 8, Sch. 5) (as amended by S.I. 2007/3495, art. 11, Sch. 5 and S.I. 2008/2860, art. 6); S.I. 2007/1093, arts. 2(2)(g)(h) (with arts. 4, 11(1) and subject to transitional adaptations in Sch. 1) (as amended by S.I. 2008/2194, arts. 2(3)(j)(k)3(2)(d), 4(2)(a), (with saving in art. 12 and with transitional provisions and savings in Sch. 3 and subject to transitional adaptations specified in Sch. 1) (as amended by S.I. 2007/2607, art. 4); S.I. 2007/3495, arts. 3(3)(i)(j), 5(3)(b)(c) (with transitional provisions in arts. 6, 9, Sch. 4 and with savings in arts. 7, 12 and with transitional adaptations in Sch. 1) (as amended by S.I. 2008/1886, Sch. 4 para. 15); S.I. 2008/2860, art. 2(u) (with arts. 5, 7, 8, Sch. 2 (as amended by S.I. 2009/1802, art. 18, Sch., S.I. 2009/1941, art. 13, S.I. 2009/2476, art. 2))

C50Act: power to apply conferred (20.1.2007 for certain purposes and otherwise 1.10.2009) by Companies Act 2006 (c. 46), ss. 1042, 1300; S.I. 2006/3428, art. 3(3) (subject to art. 5, Sch. 1 and with arts. 6, 8, Sch. 5 (as amended by S.I. 2007/3495, art. 11, Sch. 5)); S.I. 2008/2860, art. 3(p) (with arts. 5, 7, 8, Sch. 2 (as amended by S.I. 2009/1802, art. 18, Sch.))

C51Act: power to apply (with modifications) conferred (20.1.2007 for specified purposes and 6.4.2007 otherwise) by Companies Act 2006 (c. 46), ss. 1043(2), 1300; S.I. 2006/3428, art. 3(3), (subject to art. 5, Sch. 1 and with arts. 6, 8, Sch. 5 (as amended by S.I. 2007/3495, art. 11, Sch. 5)); S.I. 2007/1093, art. 2(1)(c)

C52Act excluded (20.1.2007, 6.4.2007, 1.10.2007, 6.4.2008 and 1.10.2008 for certain purposes and otherwise 1.10.2009) by Companies Act 2006 (c. 46), ss. 1129, 1300 (with s. 1133); S.I. 2006/3428, art. 3(2)(b) (subject to art. 5, Sch. 1 and with arts. 6, 8, Sch. 5 (as amended by S.I. 2007/3495, art. 11, Sch. 5)); S.I. 2007/1093, art. 2(2)(c); S.I. 2007/2194, art. 2(1)(l)(3)(h) (with art. 12); S.I. 2007/3495, arts. 3(3)(g), 5(3)(a) (with arts. 7, 12); S.I. 2008/2860, art. 3(s) (with arts. 5, 7, 8, Sch. 2 (as amended by S.I. 2009/1802, art. 18, Sch.))

C53Act modified (20.1.2007 for certain purposes and otherwise 1.10.2009) by Companies Act 2006 (c. 46), ss. 583, 1300; S.I. 2006/3428, art. 3(3) (subject to art. 5, Sch. 1 and with arts. 6, 8, Sch. 5 (as amended by S.I. 2007/3495, art. 11, Sch. 5)); S.I. 2008/2860, art. 3(k) (with arts. 5, 7, 8, Sch. 2 (as amended by S.I. 2009/1802, art. 18, Sch.))

C54Act modified (20.1.2007 for certain purposes and otherwise 1.10.2009) by Companies Act 2006 (c. 46), ss. 1081(6), 1300; S.I. 2006/3428, art. 3(3) (subject to art. 5, Sch. 1 and with arts. 6, 8, Sch. 5 (as amended by S.I. 2007/3495, art. 11, Sch. 5)); S.I. 2008/2860, art. 3(r) (with arts. 5, 7, 8, Sch. 2 (as amended by S.I. 2009/1802, art. 18, Sch.))

C55Act modified (20.1.2007, 6.4.2007, 1.10.2007, 6.4.2008 and 1.10.2008 for certain purposes and otherwise 1.10.2009) by Companies Act 2006 (c. 46), ss. 1125(1), 1300 (with s. 1133); S.I. 2006/3428, art. 3(2)(b) (subject to art. 5, Sch. 1 and with arts. 6, 8, Sch. 5 (as amended by S.I. 2007/3495, art. 11, Sch. 5)); S.I. 2007/1093, art. 2(2)(c); S.I. 2007/2194, art. 2(1)(l)(3)(h) (with art. 12, Sch. 3 para. 48 and subject to Sch. 1); S.I. 2007/3495, arts. 3(3)(g), 5(3)(a) (with arts. 7, 12); S.I. 2008/2860, art. 3(s) (with arts. 5, 7, 8, Sch. 2 (as amended by S.I. 2009/1802, art. 18, Sch.))

C56Act modified (20.1.2007, 6.4.2007, 1.10.2007, 6.4.2008 and 1.10.2008 for certain purposes and otherwise 1.10.2009) by Companies Act 2006 (c. 46), ss. 1131, 1300 (with s. 1133); S.I. 2006/3428, art. 3(2)(b) (subject to art. 5, Sch. 1 and with arts. 6, 8, Sch. 5 (as amended by S.I. 2007/3495, art. 11, Sch. 5)); S.I. 2007/1093, art. 2(2)(c); S.I. 2007/2194, art. 2(1)(l)(3)(h) (with art. 12); S.I. 2007/3495, arts. 3(3)(g), 5(3)(a) (with arts. 7, 12); S.I. 2008/2860, art. 3(s) (with arts. 5, 7, 8, Sch. 2 (as amended by S.I. 2009/1802, art. 18, Sch.))

C57Act restricted (20.1.2007 for certain purposes and otherwise 1.10.2009) by Companies Act 2006 (c. 46), ss. 1156(2), 1300; S.I. 2006/3428, art. 3(3) (subject to art. 5, Sch. 1 and with arts. 6, 8, Sch. 5 (as amended by S.I. 2007/3495, art. 11, Sch. 5)); S.I. 2008/2860, art. 3(t) (with arts. 5, 7, 8, Sch. 2 (as amended by S.I. 2009/1802, art. 18, Sch.))

C58Act modified (6.4.2007, 1.10.2007, 1.11.2007 and 6.4.2008 for certain purposes and otherwise 1.10.2009) by Companies Act 2006 (c. 46), ss. 546, 1300; S.I. 2007/1093, art. 2(2)(a); S.I. 2007/2194, arts. 2(3)(e), 3(2)(b) (with art. 12); S.I. 2007/3495, art. 3(3)(d) (with arts. 7, 12); S.I. 2008/2860, art. 3(k) (with arts. 5, 7, 8, Sch. 2 (as amended by S.I. 2009/1802, art. 18, Sch.))

C59Act modified (6.4.2007 for certain purposes and otherwise 1.10.2009) by Companies Act 2006 (c. 46), ss. 558, 1300 (with s. 559); S.I. 2007/1093, art. 2(2)(b); S.I. 2008/2860, art. 3(k) (with arts. 5, 7, 8, Sch. 2 (as amended by S.I. 2009/1802, art. 18, Sch.))

C60Act modified (6.4.2007 for certain purposes and otherwise 1.10.2009) by Companies Act 2006 (c. 46), ss. 1060(3)(4), 1300; S.I. 2006/3428, art. 4(3)(a) (subject to art. 5, Sch. 1 and with arts. 6, 8, Sch. 5 (as amended by S.I. 2007/3495, art. 11, Sch. 5)); S.I. 2008/2860, art. 3(r) (with arts. 5, 7, 8, Sch. 2 (as amended by S.I. 2009/1802, art. 18, Sch.))

C61Act modified (6.4.2007) by Companies Act 2006 (c. 46) {ss. 1170}, 1300; S.I. 2007/1093, art. 2(1)(d) (with arts. 3, 11(1) and with savings in Sch. 6) (as amended by S.I. 2003/2860, art. 6)

C62Act modified (6.4.2007) by The Companies Acts (Unregistered Companies) Regulations 2007 (S.I. 2007/318), regs. {4}, {5} (with reg. 6)

C63Act modified (30.9.2007) by Companies Act 2006 (c. 46) {ss. 1167}, 1300; S.I. 2007/2607, art. 2(1) (with art. 3)

C64Act modified (1.10.2007) by Companies Act 2006 (c. 46), ss. 288(1), 1300 (with s. 281(4)); S.I. 2007/2194, art. 2(1)(f) (with art. 12, Sch. 3 para. 24 and subject to Sch. 1)

C65Act modified (1.10.2007 and 6.4.2008 for certain purposes and otherwise 1.10.2009) by Companies Act 2006 (c. 46), ss. 540(1)(4), 1300; S.I. 2007/2194, art. 2(3)(c) (with art. 12); S.I. 2007/3495, art. 3(3)(b) (with arts. 7, 12); S.I. 2008/2860, art. 3(k) (with arts. 5, 7, 8, Sch. 2 (as amended by S.I. 2009/1802, art. 18, Sch.))

C66Act modified (1.10.2007 and 6.4.2008 for certain purposes and otherwise 1.10.2009) by Companies Act 2006 (c. 46), ss. 545, 1300; S.I. 2007/2194, art. 2(3)(d) (with art. 12); S.I. 2007/3495, art. 3(3)(c) (with arts. 7, 12); S.I. 2008/2860, art. 3(k) (with arts. 5, 7, 8, Sch. 2 (as amended by S.I. 2009/1802, art. 18, Sch.))

C67Act modified (1.10.2007 and 6.4.2008 for certain purposes and otherwise 1.10.2009) by Companies Act 2006 (c. 46), ss. 548, 1300; S.I. 2007/2194, art. 2(3)(f) (with art. 12); S.I. 2007/3495, art. 3(3)(e) (with arts. 7, 12); S.I. 2008/2860, art. 3(k) (with arts. 5, 7, 8, Sch. 2 (as amended by S.I. 2009/1802, art. 18, Sch.))

C68Act modified (1.10.2007 and 6.4.2008 for certain purposes and otherwise 1.10.2009) by Companies Act 2006 (c. 46), ss. 629, 1300; S.I. 2007/2194, art. 2(3)(g) (with art. 12); S.I. 2007/3495, art. 3(3)(f) (with arts. 7, 12); S.I. 2008/2860, art. 3(k) (with arts. 5, 7, 8, Sch. 2 (as amended by S.I. 2009/1802, art. 18, Sch.))

C69Act modified (1.10.2007 and 1.11.2007 for certain purposes and otherwise 1.10.2009) by Companies Act 2006 (c. 46), ss. 1158, 1300; S.I. 2007/2194, arts. 2(3)(i), 3(2)(b) (with art. 12 and subject to Sch. 1); S.I. 2008/2860, art. 3(u) (with arts. 5, 7, 8, Sch. 2 (as amended by S.I. 2009/1802, art. 18, Sch.))

C70Act applied (30.11.2007 with application as mentioned in rule 3 of the amending S.I.) by The PPP Administration Order Rules 2007 (S.I. 2007/3141), rule 32(5)

C73Act modified (6.4.2008 for certain purposes and otherwise 1.10.2009) by Companies Act 2006 (c. 46), ss. 1161, 1162, 1171, 1173, 1174, 1300, Schs. 7, 8; S.I. 2007/3495, arts. 3(1)(o)(p)(q) (with arts. 6, 7, 9, 12, Sch. 4, and subject to Sch. 1) (as amended by S.I. 2008/1886, Sch 4 para. 15); S.I. 2008/2860, art. 3(u) (with arts. 5, 7, 8, Sch. 2 (as amended by S.I. 2009/1802, art. 18, Sch.))

C77Act modified (1.10.2009) by Companies Act 2006 (c. 46), ss. 1163, 1166, 1171, 1174, 1300, Sch. 8; S.I. 2008/2860, art. 3(u) (with arts. 5, 7, 8, Sch. 2) (as amended by S.I. 2009/1802 art. 18, S.I. 2009/1941, art. 13, S.I. 2009/2476, art. 2)

C78Act modified (1.10.2009) by Companies Act 2006 (c. 46), ss. 1(1), 1300; S.I. 2008/2860, art. 3(a) (with arts. 5, 7, 8, Sch. 2 (as amended by S.I. 2009/1802, art. 18, Sch.))

C79Act restricted (1.10.2009) by Companies Act 2006 (c. 46), ss. 6(2), 1300; S.I. 2008/2860, art. 3(a) (with arts. 5, 7, 8, Sch. 2 (as amended by S.I. 2009/1802, art. 18, Sch.))

C80Act modified (1.10.2009) by Companies Act 2006 (c. 46), ss. 547, 1300; S.I. 2008/2860, art. 3(k) (with arts. 5, 7, 8, Sch. 2 (as amended by S.I. 2009/1802, art. 18, Sch.))

C81Act modified (1.10.2009) by Companies Act 2006 (c. 46), ss. 724(5), 1300; S.I. 2008/2860, art. 3(l) (with arts. 5, 7, 8, Sch. 2 (as amended by S.I. 2009/1802, art. 18, Sch.))

C82Act modified (1.10.2009) by Companies Act 2006 (c. 46), ss. 1044, 1300; S.I. 2008/2860, art. 3(q) (with arts. 5, 7, 8, Sch. 2 (as amended by S.I. 2009/1802, art. 18, Sch.))

C83Act restricted (1.10.2009) by Companies Act 2006 (c. 46), ss. 1118, 1300; S.I. 2008/2860, art. 3(r) (with arts. 5, 7, 8, Sch. 2 (as amended by S.I. 2009/1802, art. 18, Sch.))

C88Act applied (with modifications) (1.10.2009) by The Unregistered Companies Regulations 2009 (S.I. 2009/2436), regs. 3-5, Sch. 1 para. 21 (with transitional provisions and savings in regs. 7, 9, Sch. 2)

C89Act applied (with modifications) (1.10.2009) by The Companies (Companies Authorised to Register) Regulations 2009 (S.I. 2009/2437), regs. 18-23 (with transitional provisions and savings in reg. 24)

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