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Public health measures must have the highest priority and, as a result, some staff will be working from home. Also, our offices will be closed to visitors.

However, we wish to reassure existing and potential clients that we will continue to provide the highest levels of service.

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In addition, please continue to contact us electronically or by phone in relation to the progress of your matters or on any issues of concern to you.

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Finally, we urge everybody to follow the official advice on fighting the virus outbreak so enabling you to stay safe and well.

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COVID-19: Filing deadlines extended

Alina Grigorsteva on the changes to Companies House requirements

The new temporary changes to the Companies House filing requirements, introduced in light of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, came into force on 27 June 2020. They affect filing obligations for private and public companies, LLPs and overseas companies.

With more people working from home and others being furloughed, businesses are less efficient and the new rules allow companies more breathing space for their filings. The changes described below apply automatically to the aforementioned businesses.

FILING CONFIRMATION STATEMENT

An annual confirmation statement is filed at Companies House detailing various changes, such as company’s share capital and details of its shareholders. The deadline for the filing confirmation statement has been extended from 14 days to 42 days from the end of the company’s review period.

REGISTERING CHARGES

The period for registration of charges created after 6 June 2020 at Companies House has been extended from 21 days to 31 days, starting the day after the charge was created.

FILING ACCOUNTING INFORMATION

The deadline for filing accounts is automatically extended by the Companies House for businesses whose accounting deadline falls from 27 June 2020 to 5 April 2021 (inclusive). The extensions are:

Business type

Extension of the deadline

Private company

Extended from 9 to 12 months

LLP

Extended from 9 to 12 months

Public limited companies

Extended from 6 to 9 months

Overseas companies required to prepare and disclose accounts under parent law

Extended from 3 to 6 months

Society European (The European company)

Extended from 6 to 9 months

If the business has already had an extension from the Companies House, the above extension will run from the original filing deadline.

EVENT-DRIVEN FILING

Event-driven filings (certain changes and events) have been extended from 14 days to 42 days.  The examples of event-driven fillings are provided below:

Changes in the details of:

· Directors
· Persons with significant control
· Secretaries
· Partnership

Changes to the registered office address

Notification of place where registers of members, directors, PSCs and secretaries are kept

Notification of place where copies of instruments creating charges are kept

For further information, please contact Alina Grigortseva, Paralegal, in Axiom Stone’s Corporate Department by tel: 0203 827 6100 or email: ALG@axiomstone.co.uk.


Note: the information contained in this article is accurate at the time of publication on 14 August 2020. The remarks in this article are not a substitute for legal advice on the specific circumstances of any case.