First changes to UK company law expected on 4 March
Companies House is aiming to introduce the first set of measures under the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act on 4 March 2024.
They are aiming to introduce the first set of changes brought in by the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act on 4 March. The introduction of these changes needs secondary legislation so this date is still dependent on parliamentary timetables. It will not be earlier than 4 March. Continue reading “First changes to UK company law expected on 4 March”
End of the Memorandum of Association
We are excited about what 2021 has in store for eFiling, our company incorporation software and we will share more information over the coming months. Their current attention focuses on the next Companies House update. As of April 2021, Companies House will no longer accept a Memorandum of Association which means an end to the Memorandum and Articles document within eFiling as we know it today.
The software suppler has been working closely with Companies House to ensure another smooth transition and we will share more details regarding this update, and the migration of the Memorandum and Articles document, in February. This does mean that those who upload their own documents or use their own default for incorporation those documents will have to be amended after this date for future submissions.
Fifth Money Laundering Directive
This latest directive revisits certain areas of the Fourth Directive to further strengthen transparency and counter-terrorist provisions. The requirements of 5MLD must come into effect through national law by 10 January 2020 in line with Article 4 of the 5MLD.
The Fifth Directive introduces a number of elements to strengthen the UK Regime;
- New obliged entities
- Electronic money
- Customer Due Diligence (CDD)
- Obliged entities: beneficial ownership requirements
- Enhanced Due Diligence
- Politically Exposed Persons
- Mechanisms to report discrepancies in beneficial ownership information
- Trust Registration service
- National register of bank account ownership
- Reporting by Treasury
- Pooled client accounts Continue reading “Implementation of the Fifth Money Laundering Directive”
People with Significant Control (Amendment) Regulations 2017
The Government enacted the legislation necessary to implement changes required by the Fourth Money Laundering Directive to the UK regime for the disclosure of people with significant control (PSCs). Two sets of amending regulations were made at the last minute, both of which came into force on 26 June 2017.
- the Information about People with Significant Control (Amendment) Regulations 2017 (SI 2017/693); and
- the Scottish Partnerships (Register of People with Significant Control) Regulations 2017 (SI 2017/694).
Both sets of regulations were laid before Parliament on 23 June, just three days before they came into force. Continue reading “People with Significant Control (Amendment) Regulations 2017”
Changes to PSC registers Transitional Arrangements
Under the transitional arrangements set out in the Schedule to the 2017 Regulations, the obligation in s. 790VA to notify changes to Companies House applies to a change to a company’s PSC register made before, on or after 26 June 2016 unless the company has already notified the change in a confirmation statement. Any change to the PSC register made before 26 June 2017 that is notifiable under this rule, must be notified to Companies House before the end of the period of 14 days beginning with 26 June 2017. Continue reading “Changes to PSC registers Transitional Arrangements”
PEOPLE WITH SIGNIFICANT CONTROL (PSC)
From April 2016
You need to start keeping a record of the people who control your company. There are criminal penalties if you don’t do this.
For most companies these will be individuals who:
- Hold more than 25% of the company’s shares
- Hold more than 25% of the company’s voting rights
- Have the right to appoint or remove the majority of directors
If an individual does not meet the above conditions, check to see if you have anyone who:
- Has the right to, or actually exercises, significant influence or control over the company
It could also be individual who:
- Has the right to, or actually exercises, significant influence or control over a trust or company that meets one of the above conditions
There is some more information on how to identify your PSCs:
This is the statutory guidance issued by BIS Continue reading “PSC requirements – What you must do”
Incorporation Order Form
PSC’s must be provided upon Incorporation by the company, unless they have reason to believe that they don’t have any PSC’s, which will be rare.
The order form been modified to cater for these changes with the inclusion of: ‘Legal Person’, PSC Officer role and Nature of Control questions. The software suppliers have sought legal advice to ensure that the system complies with the new legislation but we understand that this may not necessarily result in the most practical of a user interface, they have already taken steps to improve the user experience and there will be further updates to the order form throughout July and August.
• You can now preview the form here: http://uat.order.efiling.co.uk/buy/standard/ Continue reading “People of Significant Control (PSC) Update”
We have added to our online shop inserts for Combined Company Registers purchased before April 2016 to cater for the new legislation for registers of Persons With Significant Control (PSC).
These come complete with a divider designed for the Ring binder styled combined registers. The section is divided into two parts, the first being for the information which is be disclosed when requested, the second part for the information that must not be disclosed. Included is guidance on the official wording for entries on the PSC registers
Failure to keep the Company’s PSC is a criminal offence.
Companies House had a target date of 6 April 2016 for the launch of these public registers (PSC), to achieve this they have been busily rewriting the coding which many would have noticed the slowing down in the times it takes to process various forms. We had become used to the 3 to 4 hour average which has now become closer to the 24 hour target time Companies House set themselves.
Due the volume of work to be undertaken and the various pieces of secondary legislation having to be passed through Parliament the implementation date has been put back to 1 July 2016.
Our programme providers who are still awaiting some of the schematics for the rewriting of our software Are confident that our software will be running and recording information into our registers which are PSC compliant before the official implementation date.
Suspension on service 9 October
We have been advised by Companies House that submissions to them should cease at midday on Friday 9 October 2015 whilst they carry out updates to their system, and that they will also cease processing Same Day company formation requests after 10am on the same Friday. this Companies House service update is to allow for the changes to the systems which enable part two of the roll out of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act which takes effect on the 10th October 2015. Continue reading “Companies House Service Update”