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Companies Act 2006

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The register of charges

885Register of charges to be kept by registrar

(1)The registrar shall keep, with respect to each company, a register of all the charges requiring registration under this Chapter.

(2)In the case of a charge to the benefit of which holders of a series of debentures are entitled, the registrar shall enter in the register the required particulars specified in section 882(2).

(3)In the case of any other charge, the registrar shall enter in the register the following particulars—

(a)if it is a charge created by a company, the date of its creation and, if it is a charge which was existing on property acquired by the company, the date of the acquisition,

(b)the amount secured by the charge,

(c)short particulars of the property charged,

(d)the persons entitled to the charge, and

(e)in the case of a floating charge, a statement of any of the provisions of the charge and of any instrument relating to it which prohibit or restrict or regulate the company’s power to grant further securities ranking in priority to, or pari passu with, the floating charge, or which vary or otherwise regulate the order of ranking of the floating charge in relation to subsisting securities.

(4)The registrar shall give a certificate of the registration of any charge registered in pursuance of this Chapter, stating—

(a)the name of the company and the person first-named in the charge among those entitled to the benefit of the charge (or, in the case of a series of debentures, the name of the holder of the first such debenture issued), and

(b)the amount secured by the charge.

(5)The certificate—

(a)shall be signed by the registrar or authenticated by the registrar’s official seal, and

(b)is conclusive evidence that the requirements of this Chapter as to registration have been satisfied.

(6)The register kept in pursuance of this section shall be open to inspection by any person.

886The period allowed for registration

(1)The period allowed for registration of a charge created by a company is—

(a)21 days beginning with the day after the day on which the charge is created, or

(b)if the charge is created outside the United Kingdom, 21 days beginning with the day after the day on which a copy of the instrument by which the charge is created or evidenced could, in due course of post (and if despatched with due diligence) have been received in the United Kingdom.

(2)The period allowed for registration of a charge to which property acquired by a company is subject is—

(a)21 days beginning with the day after the day on which the transaction is settled, or

(b)if the property is situated and the charge was created outside the United Kingdom, 21 days beginning with the day after the day on which a copy of the instrument by which the charge is created or evidenced could, in due course of post (and if despatched with due diligence) have been received in the United Kingdom.

(3)The period allowed for registration of particulars of a series of debentures as a result of section 882 is—

(a)if there is a deed containing the charge mentioned in section 882(1), 21 days beginning with the day after the day on which that deed is executed, or

(b)if there is no such deed, 21 days beginning with the day after the day on which the first debenture of the series is executed.

887Entries of satisfaction and relief

(1)Subsection (2) applies if a statement is delivered to the registrar verifying with respect to any registered charge—

(a)that the debt for which the charge was given has been paid or satisfied in whole or in part, or

(b)that part of the property charged has been released from the charge or has ceased to form part of the company’s property.

(2)If the charge is a floating charge, the statement must be accompanied by either—

(a)a statement by the creditor entitled to the benefit of the charge, or a person authorised by him for the purpose, verifying that the statement mentioned in subsection (1) is correct, or

(b)a direction obtained from the court, on the ground that the statement by the creditor mentioned in paragraph (a) could not be readily obtained, dispensing with the need for that statement.

(3)The registrar may enter on the register a memorandum of satisfaction (in whole or in part) regarding the fact contained in the statement mentioned in subsection (1).

(4)Where the registrar enters a memorandum of satisfaction in whole, he shall, if required, furnish the company with a copy of the memorandum.

(5)Nothing in this section requires the company to submit particulars with respect to the entry in the register of a memorandum of satisfaction where the company, having created a floating charge over all or any part of its property, disposes of part of the property subject to the floating charge.

888Rectification of register of charges

(1)Subsection (2) applies if the court is satisfied—

(a)that the failure to register a charge before the end of the period allowed for registration, or the omission or mis-statement of any particular with respect to any such charge or in a memorandum of satisfaction—

(i)was accidental or due to inadvertence or to some other sufficient cause, or

(ii)is not of a nature to prejudice the position of creditors or shareholders of the company, or

(b)that on other grounds it is just and equitable to grant relief.

(2)The court may, on the application of the company or a person interested, and on such terms and conditions as seem to the court just and expedient, order that the period allowed for registration shall be extended or, as the case may be, that the omission or mis-statement shall be rectified.

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