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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
  • Case law
  • 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An archived page from BIS shows a list of related Statutory Instruments with links to consultation documents.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:

Implementation

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.

Gov.uk also provides wording from Companies House for model articles under the Companies Act 2006, including:

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

ICAEW

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

Other institutes and professional bodies

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.

Case law

Freeing public company boards to discover who is interested in their shares
Article from the law firm Osborne Clarke on JKX Oil & Gas v Eclairs Group, an important ruling on Part 22 of the Companies Act 2006.

Reduction of capital under the Companies Act 2006
Article from the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright on the 2010 demerger of Liberty International Plc.

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

Selected books

Companies Act 2006: a practical guide
Duvall,D. (Wolters Kluwer, 2013. 33p.)
Provides a reminder of the Act's provisions and suggests some practical opportunities which the Act makes available to companies.

Companies Act 2006: auditor-related requirements and regulations
(ICAEW Audit and Assurance Faculty, 2012. 11p.)
A brief summary of the sections of the Act relating directly to the rights and duties of auditors.

Selected articles

Part 22 of the Companies Act 2006: the scope of directors' rights to restrict shareholder voting
Company Lawyer, No.10 2014, pp.312-313
Discusses the JKX case, concerning a company's ability to restrict the voting rights of shareholders under Companies Act (CA) 2006 part 22.

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