Object to a limited company being struck off

You can object to a limited company’s application to be struck off the companies register if you’re a shareholder or other interested party, such as a creditor, and have a reason to stop the application, for example:

  • you’ve 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’s applied to be struck off by searching notices on The Gazette.

How to object

Contact Companies House with your objection. You need to provide evidence to support your objection, for example invoices showing the company is still trading or owes a debt.

You can send your objection by email. You’ll usually get a decision within 5 working days.

Companies House
enquiries@companies-house.gov.uk
Telephone: 0303 1234 500
Textphone: 029 2022 6788
Welsh language: 029 2038 0065
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 6pm
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You can also send your objection by post.

Dissolution Section
Registrar of Companies for England and Wales
Companies House
Crown Way
Cardiff
CF14 3UZ

Object by phone

You can object by phone. You’ll have 2 weeks to email or post your supporting evidence. The company won’t be struck off in that time.

If you have a disability

Call Companies House if you have a disability that prevents you from emailing or posting your objection. You’ll have 1 month to arrange for someone to email or post supporting evidence for you. The company won’t be struck off in that time.

What happens next

Companies House will let you know if your objection is successful. They’ll set a time limit (usually 3 to 6 months) during which the company can’t 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 don’t contact Companies House before your objection expires and the company still meets all the conditions, it will be struck off.