• Registrar's power to strike off defunct company

    • 864. Power to strike off company not carrying on business or in operation

      (1) If the Registrar has reasonable cause to believe that a company is not carrying on business or in operation, the Registrar may send to the company a communication inquiring whether the company is carrying on business or in operation.
      (2) If the Registrar does not within one month of sending the communication receive any answer to it, the Registrar must within 14 days after the expiration of that month send to the company a second communication referring to the first communication and stating—
      (a) that no answer to it has been received, and
      (b) that if an answer is not received to the second communication within one month from its date, a notice will be published on the Registrar's website with a view to striking the company's name off the register.
      (3) If, within one month after sending the second communication, the Registrar—
      (a) receives an answer to the effect that the company is not carrying on business or in operation, or
      (b) does not receive any answer,
      the Registrar may publish on the Registrar's website and send to the company, a notice that at the expiration of three months from the date of the notice the name of the company mentioned in it will, unless cause is shown to the contrary, be struck off the register and the company will be dissolved.
      (4) At the expiration of the time mentioned in the notice the Registrar may, unless cause to the contrary is previously shown by the company, strike its name off the register.
      (5) The Registrar must publish notice on the Registrar's website of the company's name having been struck off the register.
      (6) On the publication of the notice on the Registrar's website the company is dissolved.
      (7) However—
      (a) the liability (if any) of every director, managing officer and member of the company continues and may be enforced as if the company had not been dissolved, and
      (b) nothing in this section affects the power of the Court to wind up a company the name of which has been struck off the register.

    • 865. Duty to act in case of company being wound up

      (1) If, in a case where a company is being wound up—
      (a) the Registrar has reasonable cause to believe—
      (i) that no liquidator is acting, or
      (ii) that the affairs of the company are fully wound up, and
      (b) the returns required to be made by the liquidator have not been made for a period of 12 consecutive months,
      the Registrar must publish on the Registrar's website and send to the company or the liquidator (if any), a notice that at the expiration of three months from the date of the notice the name of the company mentioned in it will, unless cause is shown to the contrary, be struck off the register and the company will be dissolved.
      (2) At the expiration of the time mentioned in the notice the Registrar may, unless cause to the contrary is previously shown by the company, strike its name off the register.
      (3) The Registrar must publish notice on the Registrar's website of the company's name having been struck off the register.
      (4) On the publication of the notice on the Registrar's website the company is dissolved.
      (5) However—
      (a) the liability (if any) of every director, managing officer and member of the company continues and may be enforced as if the company had not been dissolved, and
      (b) nothing in this section affects the power of the Court to wind up a company the name of which has been struck off the register.

    • 866. Supplementary provisions as to service of communication or notice

      (1) If the Registrar is not able to send a communication or notice under section 864 or 865 to a company in accordance with Schedule 4, the communication may be sent to an officer of the company at an address for that officer or agent that has been notified to the Registrar by the company.
      (2) If there is no officer of the company whose name and address are known to the Registrar, the communication or notice may be sent to each of the initial shareholders (if their addresses are known to the Registrar).
      (3) A notice to be sent to a liquidator under section 865 may be sent to the address of the liquidator's last known place of business or to an address specified by the liquidator to the Registrar for the purpose of receiving notices, or notices of that kind.
      (4) In this section "address" has the same meaning as in section 1008(1).