• 7. 7. Similarity to other names

    Sections 55 to 57 apply to LLPs, modified so that they read as follows —

    • 55. Name not to be the same as another on the Registrar's register of company names

      (1) An LLP must not be registered under the Limited Liability Partnerships Regulations 2015 by a name that is the same as another name appearing in the Registrar's register of company names.
      (2) The provisions of the Business and Company Names Rules 2015 supplementing this section apply to LLPs.
      (3) Those provisions are —
      (a) Rule 7 and Schedule 3 (matters that are to be disregarded and words, expressions, signs and symbols that are to be regarded as the same),
      (b) Rule 8 (consent to registration of a name which is the same as another in the Registrar's register of company names), and
      (c) any other provisions of those Rules having effect for the purpose of those provisions.
      (4) In Rule 8 as applied to LLPs —
      (a) for "a company" or "the company" substitute "an LLP" or "the LLP",
      (b) for "Company Y" substitute "LLP Y", and
      (c) in paragraph (1), for "the Companies Regulations" substitute "the Limited Liability Partnerships Regulations 2015".

    • 56. Power to direct change of name in case of similarity to existing name

      The Registrar may direct an LLP to change its name if it has been registered in a name that is the same as or, in the opinion of the Registrar, too like —

      (a) a name appearing at the time of the Registration in the Registrar's register of company names, or
      (b) a name that should have appeared in the Registrar's register of company names at that time.

    • 57. Direction to change names: supplementary provisions

      (1) The following provisions have effect in relation to a direction under section 56 (power to direct change of name in case of similarity to existing name).
      (2) Any such direction —
      (a) must be given within twelve months of the LLP's registration by the name in question, and
      (b) must specify the period within which the LLP is to change its name.
      (3) The Registrar may by a further direction extend that period. Any such direction must be given before the end of the period for the time being specified.
      (4) A direction under section 56 or this section must be in writing.
      (5) If an LLP fails to comply with the direction, a contravention of the Companies Regulations is committed by —
      (a) the LLP, and
      (b) every designated member of the LLP who is in default.
      (6) A person who commits the contravention referred to in subsection (5) shall be liable to a fine of up to level 4."