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Update: Companies House filings and COVID-19

Companies House introduce an emergency filing service to aid companies in navigating the impact of COVID-19.

Yesterday, 27 April 2020, Companies House announced the creation of an emergency filing service to further aid in the online filing of documents. Currently the service allows companies to upload and submit their completed registrar’s powers forms. We understand that the service will be reviewed with a view to adding the ability to file more documents and additional features in due course.

This most recent update to the service follows the changes Companies House made in mid-April to its usual filing requirements in the wake of COVID-19, further details of which are available in our previous article which discusses this in more detail.

Currently, the emergency filing service allows you to:

  • apply for rectification by the registrar of companies (Form RP02A)
  • apply for rectification of a change of registered address (Form RP02B)
  • object to a request to rectify the register (Form RP03)
  • apply to remove material about a director (Form RP06)
  • apply to change a company’s disputed registered office address (Form RP07)
  • correct a director’s date of birth (Form RPCH01)

You can access this emergency filing service here.

It is a positive step from Companies House as companies and the country as a whole continue to contend with the impact of COVID-19 and builds on the changes previously introduced in our article regarding filing deadline extensions and strike off applications. The hope is that this service will reduce the delay in processing documents that previously could not be filed online and allow management to focus precious management time on running their businesses by offering a quick and simple way to file documents.

If you would like more information on the Companies House filing requirements or applying for a filing deadline extension, please contact Rebecca Burford.

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