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Companies Act 2006

Implementation of the Companies Act 2006 was completed on 1 October 2009. The articles, guides and links on this page provide further information and guidance on the legislation.

What's on this page?

  • The Act
  • Secondary legislation
  • Useful links: guides, model articles, updates
  • Online articles
  • Articles and books in the Library collection

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The Act

Companies Act 2006
Full text of the Act available in the original version as enacted and the latest available revised version.

Associated documents are also available to download in PDF format:

Secondary legislation

Regulations and commencement orders
An archived page from BIS shows a list of related Statutory Instruments with links to consultation documents.

Legislation.gov has the full text, as enacted, of the following regulations:


The implementation of the Companies Act 2006 was completed on 1 October 2009.

Useful links

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)

Company and partnership law
An overview and guide to the consultation process, implementation and evaluation of the Companies Act 2006, including information on new draft regulations amending Part 25 of the Act.

During the implementation period, the BIS (then BERR) published a series of guides and checklists designed to help businesses make the transition, including:

Companies House

The Companies House website includes information on the Companies Acts which includes news, answers to frequently asked questions, information on the implementation of the Companies Act 2006 and a selection of Companies Act publications.

The website includes a page on Table A which provides the latest versions of Table A (in PDF format) for private companies and public companies. Earlier versions of Table A are also provided on the Companies House website.

The Companies House website provides the wording for model articles under Companies Act 2006 (in Word format) which covers:

  • Model articles for private companies limited by shares
  • Model articles for private companies limited by guarantee
  • Model articles for public companies


Updates on company law and related issues are available from the Legal and regulatory section of the ICAEW website.

Other institutes and professional bodies

Companies Act 2006 (ICSA)
The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) has commentary and guidance on the Act and a selection of full text articles from Chartered Secretary.

ICSA guidance on access to the register of members: Proper purpose test
Updated version of the ICSA guidance note on proper purpose issued in January 2009. The Companies Act 2006 makes access to a company's register of members subject to a ‘proper purpose’ test.

Related material

The takeovers regime under the Companies Act 2006: AIM-listed companies
Briefing published by law firm Travers Smith.

Online articles

The library provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. Access to articles is provided to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Articles and books in the Library collection

To find out how you can borrow books from the Library please see our guide to book loans.

You can obtain copies of articles or extracts of books and reports by post, fax or email through our document supply service.

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