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Sensitive words and expressions in company names – explained

Limited company names are subject to certain restrictions and requirements under the Companies Act 2006 and the Company and Business Names (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2009. The secondary legislation that specifically governs the use of sensitive words and expressions is the Company, Limited Liability Partnerships and Business Names (Sensitive Words and Expressions) Regulations 2014. These statutory regulations…

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Service address and registered office address – what’s the difference?

This aspect of limited company formation confuses a lot of people, so you’re not alone in wondering what the difference is between a service address and a registered office. These two addresses are completely different with separate purposes and requirements. A service address is also required by all company directors, subscribers, company secretaries, LLP members…

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What are the memorandum and articles of association?

The memorandum and articles of association are two constitutional documents that all limited companies are required to have when they incorporate at Companies House. The memorandum states the names of each subscriber (the very first shareholders or guarantors who become members during the company formation process) and their intention to form and join the business.…

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What is a limited liability partnership?

A limited liability partnership is designed for businesses that usually operate as a traditional partnership. This tends to be accountancy firms, solicitors, dentists, veterinary practices, architects, chartered surveyors, medical practitioners and other professional services firms. Since the introduction of the limited liability partnership format in 2001, these types of businesses are able to operate as LLPs and…

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Limited company or LLP?

Limited companies and Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) share many characteristics. They must be incorporated (registered) at Companies House, they provide limited liability protection to their members (owners), and they have more complex filing and reporting requirements than unincorporated businesses like sole traders and traditional partnership. However, there are significant differences to take into consideration when…

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