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Guidance Note: Change of Company Name


This guidance note provides a broad overview of the legal regime as it relates to company names and the process in force to change a company’s registered name. 

The guidance considers:

  • the restrictions in place on company name choice (both on incorporation and any subsequent name change), updated to take into account the new restrictions under the Economic Crime & Corporate Transparency Act 2023;
  • bringing proceedings in the Company Names Tribunal;
  • the procedure in place to change a company’s name in accordance with the Companies Act 2006; and
  • when a name change becomes effective and what a company needs to do following a name change, for example, updating its stationery and website.

This guidance only relates to the law as it applies to private limited companies. Further information can be found on Companies House website.

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