Director’s Consent to Act
This Director’s Consent to Act allows a prospective director to confirm that he/she is a fit and proper person to act as a director of a company. This consent, which is drafted as a letter addressed to the company, has been drafted with the Small Business, Enterprise & Employment Act 2015 (SBEE) in mind.
Whilst the model articles for private limited companies do not include a requirement that the person to be appointed as a director must consent in order for the appointment to take effect, the SBEE (s.100) places an obligation on the company to make a statement that the appointee has consented to act. This statement is part of Companies House form AP01. Companies House will then follow up with the new officer by writing to them, confirming that their appointment has been filed on the public register and explaining their statutory general duties to them.
Most companies will, however, need an appropriate level of written comfort from the director in order to make this statement to Companies House. In this consent letter the director will therefore confirm, amongst other things, that they are a fit and proper person and not disqualified to act as a director. This will enable the company to then make the required statement to Companies House. This template is a useful addition to a company’s internal housekeeping records.
The document is in open format. Fields should be completed and wording in square brackets is optional and can be deleted or retained according to requirements.
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