0370 270 6000

already registered?

Please sign in with your existing account details.

need to register?

Register to access exclusive content, sign up to receive our updates and personalise your experience on brownejacobson.com.

Privacy statement - Terms and conditions

electronic filings at Companies House

14 April 2020

Please note: the information contained in our legal updates are correct as of the original date of publication.

Due to the COV-19 outbreak and with more people working from home, Companies House is encouraging companies to use electronic filings where possible. A full list of documents you can currently submit online to Companies House can be found here.

To use their online WebFiling service, you will need a company authentication code. This is a 6 digit alphanumeric code issued by Companies House to each company. The code is used to authorise information filed online and is the equivalent of a company officer’s signature.

If your company was formed directly with Companies House, your code will have been mailed to your registered office a few weeks after incorporation. This code will not be displayed anywhere so if you have misplaced it you will need to request a new code from Companies House using the link here. 

It will then be sent by post to your company’s registered office and can take up to 5 days to arrive. Do not wait until you’re due to file to request your code and risk it being too late. Because of the high volumes of post, delivery could take longer than usual during these busy periods.

If you do not have a Companies House password and authentication code, you can register online for the WebFiling service using the link here, or use software filing packages to send information through the online XML gateway.

Please note that Companies House are still accepting documents by post, but it is currently taking them approximately 24-48 hours to process online filings and 2 weeks for paper filings. Please factor in this delay when you are considering your method of submission, and also consider that it may be cheaper to file certain documents online.

Full guidance on online filing can be found here

Co-authored by Jaspreet Sangra and Rachael McDonald.

Coronavirus support

We are helping across business, health, education and government sectors:

focus on...

Legal updates

Electronic signatures in conveyancing

On 9 July the Land Registry published draft guidance setting out the basis on which it will accept for registration transfers (and certain other deeds) that have been signed electronically.

View

Brexit resources

UK shared prosperity fund

The UKSPF has been proposed to replace the EU ESI funding for less developed regions, however a number of issues require resolution before the fund can be set up.

View brexit resources

Legal updates

Modern Slavery Act 2015 - updated statutory guidance for public authorities in England and Wales

This is timely guidance given that modern slavery will not be exempt from the health, social and economic challenges brought about by Covid-19.

View

Legal updates

Real estate quarterly update - April to June 2020

Read more about our latest real estate update aimed at in house lawyers (and other professionals) practising in the property / real estate sector.

View

The content on this page is provided for the purposes of general interest and information. It contains only brief summaries of aspects of the subject matter and does not provide comprehensive statements of the law. It does not constitute legal advice and does not provide a substitute for it.

mailing list sign up



Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up