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Companies Act implementation timetable

The following parts will be introduced from 1 October 2007:

  • Part 9 (Exercise of members' rights)
  • Part 10 (A company's directors), other than provisions relating to directors' conflict of interest duties, directors' residential addresses and underage and natural directors
  • Part 11 (Derivative claims and proceedings by members)
  • Part 13 (Resolutions and meetings), and, related to this, sections 485-488 of Part 16 (Audit)
  • Part 14 (Control of political donations and expenditure)
  • Section 417 of Part 15 (Contents of directors' report: business review)
  • Part 29 (Fraudulent trading)
  • Part 30 (Protection of members against unfair prejudice)
  • Part 32 (Company investigations: amendments)

The commencement provisions in respect of Part 9 will be drafted so as to enable nominee investment operators to send indirect investors' requests to companies from 1 October to entitle indirect investors to enjoy information rights from 31 December 2007.

The following parts will be introduced from 6 April 2008:

  • Part 12 (Company secretaries)
  • Part 15 (Accounts and reports), other than section 417
  • Part 16 (Audit), other than sections 485-488
  • Part 19 (Debentures)
  • Part 20 (Private and public companies)
  • Part 21 (Certification and transfer of securities)
  • Part 23 (Distributions)
  • Part 26 (Arrangements and reconstructions)
  • Part 27 (Mergers and divisions of public companies)
  • Part 42 (Statutory auditors)

The following parts will be introduced from 1 October 2008:

  • Part 1 (General introductory provisions)
  • Part 2 (Company formation)
  • Part 3 (A company's constitution)
  • Part 4 (A company's capacity and related matters)
  • Part 5 (A company's name)
  • Part 6 (A company's registered office)
  • Part 7 (Re-registration as a means of altering a company's status)
  • Part 8 (A company's members)
  • Part 10 (A company's directors) - provisions relating to directors' conflict of interest duties, directors' residential addresses and underage and natural directors
  • Part 17 (A company's share capital)
  • Part 18 (Acquisition by limited company of its own shares)
  • Part 24 (A company's annual return)
  • Part 25 (Company charges)
  • Part 31 (Dissolution and restoration to the register)
  • Part 33 (UK companies not formed under the Companies Acts)
  • Part 34 (Overseas companies)
  • Part 35 (The registrar of companies)
  • Part 41 (Business names)

In the light of further consultation with business, section 358 of the Companies Act 1985 will be repealed, which provides a power for companies to close the register of members, with effect from 1 October 2008.

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