Companies House covid filings

On 20 March 2020, the UK Government published its Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill (CIGB). The CIGB introduces both (a) permanent reforms and (b) temporary reforms specifically designed to ease the burden on companies and directors caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

One change in the latter category: It is proposed that the Secretary of State is granted the power to extend the deadline for certain common Companies House filing requirements, including the filing of confirmation statements, charges, accounts, and event-driven filings, such as changes in directors or persons with significant control. This power to extend is to last until 5 April 2021. The new deadlines must not exceed:

  • 42 days, for existing deadlines of 21 days or fewer; and
  • 12 months, for existing deadlines of 3, 6 or 9 months.

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