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Application to Companies House to Refrain from Using or Disclosing an Individual's Secured Information

Notice to CH from Individual Re: Disclosure of Secure Information


Company information in the UK is usually public apart from residential addresses and the day of the date of birth of individuals involved in a company. PSC information is also public, in the interests of transparency.

However if an individual considers that there are exceptional circumstances that apply (this means a serious risk of violence or intimidation to him/her or a person living with them), then an application can be made to keep the PSC’s information protected. The PSC will still have to comply with all the remaining PSC requirements and PSC information will still be available to law enforcement agencies, but the individual’s information will not be made public or shared with credit reference agencies.

Applications to this effect can be made to Companies House by a PSC itself or by a company on the PSC’s behalf. This application is being made by the individual itself. Government guidance has further details regarding the regime for suppressing PSC information in exceptional circumstances and can be accessed at www.gov.uk.

This Notice to Companies House from Individual regarding Disclosure of Secure Information includes the prescribed particulars as set out in regulation 36 of The Register of People with Significant Control Regulations 2016 for the suppression of an individual’s information.

Note that where an individual makes an application on its own behalf, it must inform the company of that fact as soon as reasonably practicable. The registrar of companies must also notify the applicant of the outcome and where the applicant is unsuccessful, the applicant must be informed of their right of appeal.

Note also that the Regulations set out the procedures to be followed by the registrar in determining an application as well as the obligations on applicants to disclose changes to information regarding an application or the withdrawal of an application. This is a potentially complex procedural area and it may be advisable to seek independent legal advice should an application to suppress information be made.

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