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Companies Act 2006

The Companies Act 2006 was fully implemented on 1 October 2009. On this page you can find current and historical information on the legislation.

What's on this page?

  • The Act
  • Secondary legislation
  • Useful links
  • 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:

Consolidated versions of primary legislation are also available from legal databases such as Lexis Library. ICAEW members and ACA students visiting Chartered Accountants’ Hall can access Lexis Library in the Business Centre. If you are not planning a visit, the library enquiry team can supply extracts from consolidated legislation by email on request.

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An archived page from BIS shows a list of related Statutory Instruments with links to consultation documents.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

Secondary legislation, such as the statutory instruments listed above, are only provided in their original form on the Legislation.gov.uk website. However, you can still view a list of revisions through the 'Changes to Legislation' feature.

Consolidated versions of secondary legislation are available from legal databases such as Lexis Library. ICAEW members and ACA students visiting Chartered Accountants’ Hall can access Lexis Library in the Business Centre. If you are not planning a visit, the library enquiry team can supply extracts from consolidated legislation by email on request.

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 the new 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 

Case law

Eclairs Group Ltd v JKX Oil & Gas
Article from the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright 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 leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available 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

Practical guide to the Companies Act 2006
(Wolters Kluwer, 2017)
Guide to the Act's provisions for all people involved with forming and managing companies.

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

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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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