You can object to a limited company’s application to be struck off the companies register if you are a shareholder or other interested party, such as a creditor, and have a reason to stop the application, for example:
- you have not been told about the company’s decision
- you think the declarations on the company’s application are false
- the directors have broken the law, for example tax fraud
- you want to take legal action against the company
Find out if a company has applied to be struck off by searching notices on The Gazette (external link).
You can withdraw your own company’s application to be struck off (external link) if you are a director.
How to object
Contact Companies House with your objection. You can only do this after the notice has been posted in The Gazette. You will need to provide evidence to support your objection, for example invoices showing the company is still trading or owes a debt. Companies House must receive your objection at least two weeks before the notice expiry date (two months after the date of publication).
You can send your objection by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also send your objection by post. You should object to the office where the company is registered.
Companies House England and Wales
Registrar of Companies for England and Wales
If you think your objection documents will not arrive in time, call Companies House - they may decide to delay the process by two weeks.
- Telephone: 0303 1234 500
- Textphone: 029 2022 6788
- Welsh language: 029 2038 0065
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 6pm
If you have a disability
Call Companies House if you have a disability that prevents you from emailing or posting your objection. You will have one month to arrange for someone to email or post supporting evidence for you.
What happens next
Companies House will let you know if your objection is successful. They will set a time limit (usually three or six months) during which the company cannot be struck off. You should tell Companies House before this deadline if you either:
- need more time, for example to complete legal action against the company
- resolve your issue with the company and no longer object to it being struck off
If you do not contact Companies House before your objection expires and the company still meets all the conditions (external link), it will be struck off.