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New Companies House rules offer greater privacy for company officers

Essentials / 18 May 2018

Developments in data protection legislation have made it easier for you to remove your home address from company documents held on the publicly available company register. The new rules will be beneficial to company officers who would like greater privacy.

You will be able to take advantage of this development if you are a company director, secretary, person with significant control or LLP member. However, you will not be able to redact your home address in this way if it is also the company’s registered office.

The Companies House fee is £55 per document containing an address to be suppressed. The cost implications will clearly depend on the extent of company documentation held at Companies House. It will get expensive if there are, for example, 20 years of Annual Returns all with your address on. Applications can be made directly to Companies House.

If you continue to act as a director or secretary you must provide an alternative correspondence address (e.g. the company’s registered office). The alternative correspondence address will replace your home address on the publicly available company documents.

If you’re not still appointed to a live company, no alternative address is required. However, the first half of your postcode will remain open to public inspection.

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