Companies House Prosecutions

We represent Company Directors who are being prosecuted by Companies House, and advise on related issues. We have successfully assisted many Directors in dealing with summonses.

We advise companies on complying with Companies House requirements for filing documents, including extending filing deadlines to avoid prosecutions, as well as defending Company Directors who have received summonses for late filing offences.

What is a Companies House prosecution for late filing?

Thousands of Directors of companies each year receive summonses to attend the main Magistrates Court in Cardiff, a short distance from our offices. They have been charged with failing to file, or being late in filing, company records at Companies House. This often comes as a shock and Directors need urgent advice, which we can provide. Often we are contacted just ahead of the Court date.

What documents must be filed?

These include:

– The company’s annual statement of accounts (including relevant supporting documents and reports).

– A confirmation statement – annual, or following changes in the company’s ownership.

What happens if these documents are not filed on time?

Each Director of a company can be prosecuted by Companies House for each failure.

What happens on conviction?

A Director can be fined, and can also face a daily default penalty, and in some cases be disqualified from being a Company Director.

Convicted Directors receive a criminal conviction, which can have very serious consequences. It can prevent a Director from travelling abroad to certain countries, such as the USA. It can affect job and other applications.

It is essential that legal advice from lawyers experienced in this area is taken as soon as a Director becomes aware of a prosecution.

We are happy to work with a Director’s current lawyers and accountants, having worked successfully on that basis for many clients.

If you, or one of your clients, are facing prosecution then call us on 029 2022 1300 now or email us at djm@djmurphy-solicitors.com to find out how we can help. We are happy to take initial telephone enquiries without charge.

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