An Apostille Certificate is an official certificate issued to documents so they will be recognised in member states without further Legalisation.
Typically the Apostille Certificate is issued by the state from which the document originates although in some cases another state can issue the Apostille.
Once a document has had an Apostille Certificate attached to it confirming the authenticity of signatures and seals it can be presented to any country which recognises the Apostille.
The authority receiving the document should then accept the seals or signatures as true and valid without requesting further evidence or proof.
Apostille Certificates issued in the UK will be accepted in the following countries without further legalisation – Apostille Countries.
Countries A to L
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
China (Hong Kong)
FYR of Macedonia
Korea, Republic of
Countries M to Z
Macedonia (FYR of)
Republic of Moldova
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Trinidad and Tobago
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK)
United States of America (USA)
Even countries not listed may still accept the Apostille but in some cases will require further legalisation as detailed on the following page – Embassy Legalisation.
The Apostille Certificate follows a prescribed format and must include the following information –
1. Country of issue
2. Who has signed the document
3. The capacity in which the person signed the document
4. Details of any seal on the document
5. Place of issue
6. Date of issue
7. Issuing authority
8. Apostille Certificate number
9. Stamp of issuing authority
10. Signature of representative of issuing authority
A good standing certificate states that a company has been in continuous, unbroken existence since its incorporation and that no action is currently being taken to strike the company off the register and is therefore in 'good standing'. Can additional details be included on the certificate? You can also request that any of the following details are added to the certificate, Directors names Secretaries names Registered office Issued capital Shareholders (names, shareholdings) Company objects Extra information can be requested (e.g. date of birth, nationality etc.)
A company seal is a device for stamping the company's name in paper. At common law, any contract entered into by a company had to be under seal, subject to some minor exceptions. From 1875 until 1989 Act a document had to be executed under seal if this would be the case if executed by an individual. Since the 1989 abolished the requirement for a seal, not even a deed has to be executed under seal, provided it is signed by a director and secretary, or two directors, of the company and is expressed to be executed as a deed. CA 2006, sec45 now provides that a company may have a seal but is not bound to do so.
In practice many companies still use a company seal for deeds, share certificates and other important documents. After all, a company seal is a good authenticating device and it was only in 1875 that the requirement for all contracts executed by a company to be under seal. Habits die hard in the legal profession.
The statutory position on the execution of documents by companies is now set out in CA 2006 sec44
(1) Under the law of England and Wales or Northern Ireland a document is executed by a company-
(a) by the affixing of its common seal, or
(b) by signature in accordance with the following provisions.
(2) A document is validly executed by a company if it is signed on behalf of the company-
(a) by two authorised signatories, or
(b) by a director of the company in the presence of a witness who attests the signature.
(3) The following are "authorised signatories" for the purposes of subsection (2)-
(a) every director of the company, and
(b) in the case of a private company with a secretary or a public company, the secretary (or any joint secretary) of the company.
(4) A document signed in accordance with subsection (2) and expressed, in whatever words, to be executed by the company has the same effect as if executed under the common seal of the company.
1. In what circumstances may a company apply to be struck off the register?
A company may apply to the registrar to be struck off the register and dissolved.
The company can do this if it is no longer needed.
For example, the directors may wish to retire and there is no one to take over from them; or it is a subsidiary whose name is no longer needed; or it was set up to exploit an idea that turned out not to be feasible. Some companies who are dormant or non trading choose to apply for strike off. If you have decided that you no longer want to retain your company and wish to have it struck off, the registrar will not normally pursue any outstanding late filing penalties unless you restore the company to the register at a later stage.
This procedure is not an alternative to formal insolvency proceedings where these are appropriate. Even if the company is struck off and dissolved, creditors and others could apply for the company to be restored to the register. Further information about restoration can be found in chapter 3. A list of persons who can apply to the court for a company to be restored can be found in question 1 of chapter 3.
2. When can I not apply to strike my company off the register?
An application for voluntary striking off can only be made by the company, and must be made on the company's behalf by its directors or a majority of them.
Sections 1004 and 1005 of the Companies Act 2006 set out the circumstances in which the company may not apply to be struck off.
For example, the company may not make an application for voluntary strike off if, at any time in the last 3 months, it has:
• traded or otherwise carried on business
• changed its name;
• made a disposal for value of property or rights that, immediately before ceasing to trade or otherwise carry on business, it held for the purpose of disposal for gain in the normal course of trading or otherwise carrying on business. For example, a company in business to sell apples could not continue selling apples during that 3 month period but it could sell the truck it once used to deliver the apples or the warehouse where they were stored
• engaged in any other activity except one which is necessary or expedient for the purpose of:
o making an application for strike off or deciding whether to do so(for example, a company may seek professional advice on the application and pay the costs of submitting the 'Striking off application by a company, Form DS01)'
o concluding the affairs of the company
o complying with any statutory requirement
A company cannot apply to be struck off if it is the subject, or proposed subject, of:
• any insolvency proceedings such as liquidation, including where a petition has been presented but has not yet been dealt with)
• a section 895 scheme (that is a compromise or arrangement between a company and its creditors or members)
However, a company can apply for strike off if it has settled trading or business debts in the previous three months.
You can find further circumstances in which you cannot make an application in sections 1004 and 1005 of the Companies Act 2006. Please note you will commit an offence if you breach these restrictions (see question 12).
Once you've chosen your domain name, you register it through a registrar.
A registrar is normally a business or registration agent that acts on your behalf to submit a domain name application.
If you are interested in having a particular domain, please email us through our contact us page.
If you are using our registered office address, your mails needs to be forwarded to you and our mail forwarding service ensures that you receive your letters within 24 to 48 hours after any letter is send to you or the your company. In order to form a company, you must have a valid UK based address (not a P.O. Box). If you don't want to use a personal address, you can register a prestiguous address in London for use as your official company address instead.
Our nominee services will allow you to keep the identity of your company directors and shareholders private.
UK business legislation requires that the details of company directors and shareholders must be registered on public record with Companies House. When using our nominee services, we can take your place on the public registers, allowing you to protect your details and ensure confidentiality.
We do not get involved in the day to day running of your company
We are on the Companies House register in name only. You will still be fully responsible for running your business and performing the duties of your company appointment. Our officers will handle the signing of annual returns, annual accounts and internal company contracts only where we have received your instructions.
Please note: We will not involve ourselves in opening bank accounts for clients who are using our nominee services. We will not sign any bank mandates or present ourselves for ID checks.
According to UK company law all shareholder’s information must be recorded at Companies House and on the company's statutory registers.
When a company is registered in the usual way the names and addresses of all directors and shareholders will appear on the register at Companies House.
This will be perfectly acceptable for most people, but sometimes there are perfectly legitimate reasons for not wanting your details to be available to rivals or perhaps current employers.
Our nominee shareholder service offer is structured to keep your personal
information off the public record while ensuring full legality.
Therefore only by using our nominee shareholder service can your anonymity and confidentiality be ensured.
A specific contract will be put in place to confirm that the shares are held in trust on behalf of you the beneficiary.
Due to money laundering regulations we will insist on running the appropriate checks before setting up any nominee arrangement.
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