Published: 16th March 2016

Amendment of Director Appointment Records

Directors will soon be able to have their name removed from the companies register if they did not consent to act as a director. This will come into force from 6th April 2016.

In 2015 the government simplified the paperwork required to appoint a director. It removed the requirement for newly appointed directors to consent to their appointment by signing their director appointment forms. Instead, the new procedure allowed companies to self-certify that the director concerned had consented to act as a director. Companies House then notified the newly appointed director that their appointment as a director has been recorded in the public register. This procedure has been in operation since October 2015.

However, the procedure to amend or remove incorrect appointments or those where a director had not consented to act was not implemented at that time. It will now come into force from 6th April 2016.

From 06 April 2016 a new procedure will be introduced to allow any person appearing as a director on the public register to apply to have their name removed if they did not consent to act. The new procedure will be brought into force by the draft Registrar of Companies and Applications for Striking Off (Amendment) Regulations 2016.

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