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Companies Act 2006

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64Power to direct change of name in case of company ceasing to be entitled to exemption
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(1)If it appears to the Secretary of State that a company whose name does not include “limited” or any of the permitted alternatives—

(a)has ceased to be entitled to exemption under section 60(1)(a) or (b), or

(b)in the case of a company within section 61 or 62 (which impose conditions as to the objects and articles of the company)—

(i)has carried on any business other than the promotion of any of the objects mentioned in subsection (3) of section 61 or, as the case may be, subsection (2) of section 62, or

(ii)has acted inconsistently with the provision required by subsection (4)(a) or (b) of section 61 or, as the case may be, subsection (3)(a) or (b) of section 62,

the Secretary of State may direct the company to change its name so that it ends with “limited” or one of the permitted alternatives.

(2)The direction must be in writing and must specify the period within which the company is to change its name.

(3)A change of name in order to comply with a direction under this section may be made by resolution of the directors.

This is without prejudice to any other method of changing the company’s name.

(4)Where a resolution of the directors is passed in accordance with subsection (3), the company must give notice to the registrar of the change.

Sections 80 and 81 apply as regards the registration and effect of the change.

(5)If the company fails to comply with a direction under this section an offence is committed by—

(a)the company, and

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

(6)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.

(7)A company that has been directed to change its name under this section may not, without the approval of the Secretary of State, subsequently change its name so that it does not include “limited” or one of the permitted alternatives.

This does not apply to a change of name on re-registration or on conversion to a community interest company.

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