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Companies Act 2006

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Register of directors, etc

162Register of directors

(1)Every company must keep a register of its directors.

(2)The register must contain the required particulars (see sections 163, 164 and 166) of each person who is a director of the company.

(3)The register must be kept available for inspection—

(a)at the company’s registered office, or

(b)at a place specified in regulations under section 1136.

(4)The company must give notice to the registrar—

(a)of the place at which the register is kept available for inspection, and

(b)of any change in that place,

unless it has at all times been kept at the company’s registered office.

(5)The register must be open to the inspection—

(a)of any member of the company without charge, and

(b)of any other person on payment of such fee as may be prescribed.

(6)If default is made in complying with subsection (1), (2) or (3) or if default is made for 14 days in complying with subsection (4), or if an inspection required under subsection (5) is refused, an offence is committed by—

(a)the company, and

(b)every officer of the company who is in default.

For this purpose a shadow director is treated as an officer of the company.

(7)A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale and, for continued contravention, a daily default fine not exceeding one-tenth of level 5 on the standard scale.

(8)In the case of a refusal of inspection of the register, the court may by order compel an immediate inspection of it.

163Particulars of directors to be registered: individuals

(1)A company’s register of directors must contain the following particulars in the case of an individual—

(a)name and any former name;

(b)a service address;

(c)the country or state (or part of the United Kingdom) in which he is usually resident;

(d)nationality;

(e)business occupation (if any);

(f)date of birth.

(2)For the purposes of this section “name” means a person’s Christian name (or other forename) and surname, except that in the case of—

(a)a peer, or

(b)an individual usually known by a title,

the title may be stated instead of his Christian name (or other forename) and surname or in addition to either or both of them.

(3)For the purposes of this section a “former name” means a name by which the individual was formerly known for business purposes.

Where a person is or was formerly known by more than one such name, each of them must be stated.

(4)It is not necessary for the register to contain particulars of a former name in the following cases—

(a)in the case of a peer or an individual normally known by a British title, where the name is one by which the person was known previous to the adoption of or succession to the title;

(b)in the case of any person, where the former name—

(i)was changed or disused before the person attained the age of 16 years, or

(ii)has been changed or disused for 20 years or more.

(5)A person’s service address may be stated to be “The company’s registered office”.

164Particulars of directors to be registered: corporate directors and firms

A company’s register of directors must contain the following particulars in the case of a body corporate, or a firm that is a legal person under the law by which it is governed—

(a)corporate or firm name;

(b)registered or principal office;

(c)in the case of an EEA company to which the First Company Law Directive (68/151/EEC) applies, particulars of—

(i)the register in which the company file mentioned in Article 3 of that Directive is kept (including details of the relevant state), and

(ii)the registration number in that register;

(d)in any other case, particulars of—

(i)the legal form of the company or firm and the law by which it is governed, and

(ii)if applicable, the register in which it is entered (including details of the state) and its registration number in that register.

165Register of directors' residential addresses

(1)Every company must keep a register of directors' residential addresses.

(2)The register must state the usual residential address of each of the company’s directors.

(3)If a director’s usual residential address is the same as his service address (as stated in the company’s register of directors), the register of directors' residential addresses need only contain an entry to that effect.

This does not apply if his service address is stated to be “The company’s registered office”.

(4)If default is made in complying with this section, an offence is committed by—

(a)the company, and

(b)every officer of the company who is in default.

For this purpose a shadow director is treated as an officer of the company.

(5)A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale and, for continued contravention, a daily default fine not exceeding one-tenth of level 5 on the standard scale.

(6)This section applies only to directors who are individuals, not where the director is a body corporate or a firm that is a legal person under the law by which it is governed.

166Particulars of directors to be registered: power to make regulations

(1)The Secretary of State may make provision by regulations amending—

  • section 163 (particulars of directors to be registered: individuals),

  • section 164 (particulars of directors to be registered: corporate directors and firms), or

  • section 165 (register of directors' residential addresses),

so as to add to or remove items from the particulars required to be contained in a company’s register of directors or register of directors' residential addresses.

(2)Regulations under this section are subject to affirmative resolution procedure.

167Duty to notify registrar of changes

(1)A company must, within the period of 14 days from—

(a)a person becoming or ceasing to be a director, or

(b)the occurrence of any change in the particulars contained in its register of directors or its register of directors' residential addresses,

give notice to the registrar of the change and of the date on which it occurred.

(2)Notice of a person having become a director of the company must—

(a)contain a statement of the particulars of the new director that are required to be included in the company’s register of directors and its register of directors' residential addresses, and

(b)be accompanied by a consent, by that person, to act in that capacity.

(3)Where—

(a)a company gives notice of a change of a director’s service address as stated in the company’s register of directors, and

(b)the notice is not accompanied by notice of any resulting change in the particulars contained in the company’s register of directors' residential addresses,

the notice must be accompanied by a statement that no such change is required.

(4)If default is made in complying with this section, an offence is committed by—

(a)the company, and

(b)every officer of the company who is in default.

For this purpose a shadow director is treated as an officer of the company.

(5)A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale and, for continued contravention, a daily default fine not exceeding one-tenth of level 5 on the standard scale.

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