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.
You can also send your objection by post.
Registrar of Companies for England and Wales
You can call to delay the process by 2 weeks to allow your objection documents to reach Companies House. You will not be struck off in this 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 will not 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 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, it will be struck off.