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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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What are the memorandum and articles of association?

The memorandum and articles of association are two forms of documentation that all UK limited companies are required to have when they incorporate at Companies House. Together, the memorandum and articles create the basis of your company’s constitution. The memorandum states the names of each subscriber (the very first shareholders or guarantors who become members…

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What is a limited liability partnership?

A limited liability partnership is a legal structure designed for businesses that would usually operate as traditional partnerships. Typically, these types of businesses include 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 firms can operate…

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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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