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The Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships (Filing Requirements) Regulations 2015

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1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships (Filing Requirements) Regulations 2015 and come into force on 10th October 2015.

Application

2.  The amendments made by regulations 7, 8(2), 9(2) and 10 do not apply in respect of a statement or notice received by the registrar before these regulations come into force.

3.—(1) The amendments made by regulation 5(2) do not apply in cases where the communication mentioned in section 1000(1) of the Companies Act 2006, as applied with modifications by regulation 50 of the Limited Liability Partnerships (Application of Companies Act 2006) Regulations 2009(1), has already been sent before 10th October 2015.

(2) The amendment made by regulation 5(3) does not apply in cases where the notice mentioned in section 1001(1) of the Companies Act 2006, as applied with modifications by regulation 50 of the Limited Liability Partnerships (Application of Companies Act 2006) Regulations 2009, has already been published in the Gazette before 10th October 2015.

(3) The amendment made by regulation 5(4) does not apply in cases where the application under section 1003(3) of the Companies Act 2006, as applied with modifications by regulation 51 of the Limited Liability Partnerships (Application of Companies Act 2006) Regulations 2009, has already been made before 10th October 2015.

Amendment to the Limited Liability Partnerships (Application of Companies Act 2006) Regulations 2009

4.  The Limited Liability Partnerships (Application of Companies Act 2006) Regulations 2009 are amended as follows.

5.—(1) Regulations 50 and 51 are amended as follows.

(2) In section 1000 of the Companies Act 2006, as applied with modifications by regulation 50—

(a)in subsection (2)—

(i)for “one month of sending” substitute “14 days of sending”,

(ii)for “that month” substitute “that period”, and

(iii)in paragraph (b), for “one month” substitute “14 days”, and

(b)in subsection (3)—

(i)in paragraph (b), for “one month” substitute “14 days”, and

(ii)for “three months” substitute “2 months”.

(3) In section 1001(1) of the Companies Act 2006, as applied with modifications by regulation 50, for “three months” substitute “2 months”.

(4) In section 1003(3) of the Companies Act 2006, as applied with modifications by regulation 51, for three months substitute “2 months”.

6.—(1) Regulation 66 is amended as follows.

(2) In section 1087 of the Companies Act 2006, as applied with modifications by regulation 66, after paragraph (e) insert—

(ea)information falling within section 1087A(1) (information about a person’s date of birth);

(3) After section 1087 of the Companies Act 2006, as applied with modifications by regulation 66, insert—

1087A    Information about a person’s date of birth

(1) Information falls within this subsection at any time (“the relevant time”) if—

(a)it is DOB information,

(b)it is contained in a document delivered to the registrar that is protected at the relevant time as regards that information,

(c)the document is one in which such information is required to be stated, and

(d)if the document has more than one part, the part in which the information is contained is a part in which such information is required to be stated.

(2) “DOB information” is information as to the day of the month (but not the month or year) on which a relevant person was born.

(3) A “relevant person” is an individual who is an LLP member.

(4) A document delivered to the registrar is “protected” at any time unless it was registered before this section comes into force.

(5) Information about a person does not cease to fall within paragraph (1) when he or she ceases to be a relevant person and, to that extent, references in this section to a relevant person include someone who used to be a relevant person.

(6) Nothing in paragraph (1) obliges the registrar to check other documents or (as the case may be) other parts of the document to ensure the absence of DOB information.

1087B    Disclosure of DOB information

(1) The registrar must not disclose restricted DOB information unless—

(a)the same information about the relevant person (whether in the same or a different capacity) is made available by the registrar for public inspection as a result of being contained in another description of document in relation to which no restriction under section 1087 applies (see subsection (2) of that section), or

(b)disclosure of the information by the registrar is permitted by subsection (2) or another provision of this Act.

(2) The registrar may disclose restricted DOB information—

(a)to a public authority specified for the purposes of this subsection by regulations made by the Secretary of State, or

(b)to a credit reference agency.

(3) (a) The provisions of The Companies (Disclosure of Date of Birth Information) Regulations 2015 (S.I. 2015/1694) apply to LLPs.

(b)As those provisions apply to LLPs—

(i)read references to protected information as references to restricted DOB information.

(ii)references to provisions of the Companies Act 1985 (c. 6), the Insolvency Act 1986 (c. 45), the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 (S.I. 1986/1032 (N.I.6)) or the Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 (S.I. 1989/2405 (N.I.9)) are to those provisions as applied to LLPs by the Limited Liability Partnerships Regulations 2001 (S.I. 2001/1090) or the Limited Liability Partnerships Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004 (S.R. (NI) 2004 No 307);

(iii)read references to a company as references to an LLP or proposed LLP;

(iv)read references to a director as references to a member of an LLP.

(4) “Restricted DOB information” means information falling within section 1087A(1)..

Amendment of the European Public Limited-Liability Company Regulations 2004

7.—(1) The European Public Limited-Liability Company Regulations 2004(2) are amended as follows.

(2) In regulation 10B(3)—

(a)in paragraph (2)(b)—

(i)for “consent by” substitute “statement that”, and

(ii)after “proposed member” insert “has consented”; and

(b)in paragraph (5)—

(i)for the word “consent”, where it first appears, substitute “statement”; and

(ii)for the word “is”, in each place where it occurs, substitute “was given”.

(3) In regulation 80C(2)(b)(4), for “consent by that person” substitute “statement that the person has consented”.

(4) In regulation 85(5)—

(a)in paragraph (5)(b)—

(i)for “consent by”, substitute “statement that”, and

(ii)after “proposed director” insert “has consented”; and

(b)in paragraph (6)(c)—

(i)for “consent by” substitute “statement that”, and

(ii)after “persons” insert “has consented”.

Amendment of the European Economic Interest Grouping Regulations 1989

8.—(1) The European Economic Interest Grouping Regulations 1989(6) are amended as follows.

(2) For regulation 5(3)(c) substitute “a statement that the person appointed has consented to act as a manager of the EEIG.”.

(3) In paragraph 32 of Schedule 4, for subparagraph (a) substitute—

(a)subsection (1)(a), (d) and (da), and.

(4) After paragraph 32 of Schedule 4, insert—

32A.(1) Sections 1087A and 1087B, as if a reference to a director of a company were a reference to a manager of an EEIG.

(2) For the purposes of subparagraph (1), section 243 will apply in so far as necessary for the application of section 1087B(3)..

Amendment of the Unregistered Companies Regulations 2009

9.—(1) Schedule 1 to the Unregistered Companies Regulations 2009(7) is amended as follows.

(2) After paragraph 19 insert—

19A.  Section 1079B of the Companies Act 2006(8) (duty to notify directors) applies to unregistered companies in cases where the document registered by the registrar is a notice under section 167 of the Companies Act 2006 of a person having become a director of a company..

(3) In paragraph 20—

(a)after subparagraph (1)(c) insert—

(ca)sections 1087A and 1087B (DOB information);, and

(b)for paragraph (d) substitute—

(d)omit paragraphs (c) and (d);

(e)omit paragraphs (e) to (g) and (j)..

Amendment of the Companies (Companies Authorised to Register) Regulations 2009

10.  In regulation 7 of the Companies (Companies Authorised to Register) Regulations 2009(9)—

(a)in paragraph (1)(c), for “;” substitute “.”,

(b)omit paragraph (1)(d), and

(c)after paragraph (2) insert—

(2A) The statement under paragraph (1) must be accompanied by a statement by the company that each person named as a director, as secretary or as one of joint secretaries has consented to act in the relevant capacity..

Review

11.—(1) The Secretary of State must from time to time—

(a)carry out a review of these Regulations,

(b)set out the conclusions of the review in a report, and

(c)publish the report.

(2) The report must in particular—

(a)set out the objectives intended to be achieved by the regulatory system established by these Regulations,

(b)assess the extent to which those objectives are achieved, and

(c)assess whether those objectives remain appropriate and, if so, the extent to which they could be achieved with a system that imposes less regulation.

(3) The first report under this regulation must be published before the end of the period of five years beginning with the day on which these Regulations come into force.

(4) Reports under this regulation are afterwards to be published at intervals not exceeding five years.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

17th September 2015

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