Dissolve a UK Private Limited Company

If your UK company is no longer required we can assist in getting it Struck off the UK Register, in accordance with Section 1003 of the Companies Act 2006.

It is very important your unwanted company is struck off the UK register correctly in order to ensure no unnecessary expenses are incurred.

Closing / Dissolving a company - striking-off or winding-up

A limited company can request to be dissolved under Section 1003 of the Companies Act 2006, providing that it meets all of the following requirements:

  • Not traded within the last 3 months
  • Not changed the company name within the last 3 months
  • Is not subject to any legal proceedings, current or proposed
  • Has not made a disposal for value of property or rights

If the Registrar has reason to believe that a company is not carrying on business or is not in operation, its name may be struck off the register and dissolved without going through liquidation.

Applying to have a company struck off the register

The procedure is not an alternative to formal insolvency proceedings where these are appropriate, as creditors are likely to prevent the striking off.

Voluntary Strike-Off and Dissolution

We offer a Strike Off service in the UK and can apply to have your company voluntary closed down. We apply to the Registrar of Companies for your company to be struck off the register and dissolved.

Voluntary Strike Off is an option generally available for companies which have ceased trading and have no assets or liabilities.

Applying for a company to be struck off the Register

Striking-off is only applicable to a private company if, in the past three months, it has not:

  • Traded or otherwise carried on business.
  • Changed its name.
  • Disposed for value of property or rights that, immediately before ceasing to be in business or trade, it held for disposal or gain in the normal course of that business or trade.
  • Engaged in any other activity except one necessary or expedient for making a striking-off application, settling the company’s affairs or meeting a statutory requirement. A company can, however, apply if it has settled trading or business debts in the previous three months.

Struck off the Register

Some companies who are dormant or non trading choose to apply for strike off. If you have decided that you no longer want to retain your company and wish to have it struck off, the registrar will not normally pursue any outstanding late filing penalties unless you restore the company to the register at a later stage.

Voluntary Striking off

A private company can apply to be struck off if, in the previous three months, it has not:

  • Traded or otherwise carried on business
  • Changed its name
  • For value, disposed of property or rights that, immediately before it ceased to be in business or trade, it held for disposal or gain in the normal course of its business or trade
  • Engaged in any other activity except one necessary or expedient for making a striking-off application, settling the company's affairs or meeting a statutory requirement

Companies House

The registrar will publish notice of the proposed striking off in the London Gazette to allow interested parties the opportunity to object.

Companies House receives the application from us on your behalf, a copy of this notice will be placed on your company’s public record. If there is no reason to delay the registrar will strike the company off the register not less than 3 months after the date of the notice. The company will be dissolved on publication of a further notice stating this in the Gazette.

Assets of a Dissolved company

From the date of dissolution any assets held by a dissolved company will be Bona Vacantia and then belong to the Crown. The company’s bank account will be frozen and any credit balance in the account will be passed to the Crown.

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