The Companies Act comprises approximately 1,300 sections and introduces new legislation which reflects the changing business environment.
The Act provides for a single company law regime applying to the whole of the UK, so that companies will be UK companies rather than GB companies or Northern Ireland companies as at present. In Scotland, there are several areas where the Act deals with matters that are devolved.
Summary of the Act
|1 to 7||The fundamentals of what a company is, how it can be formed and what it can be called.|
|8 to 12||The members (shareholders) and officers (management) of a company|
|13 and 14||How companies may take decisions|
|15 and 16||The safeguards for ensuring that the officers of a company are accountable to its members|
|17 to 25||Raising share capital, capital maintenance, annual returns, and company charges|
|26 to 28||Company reconstructions, mergers and takeovers|
|29 to 39||The regulatory framework, application to companies not formed under the Companies Acts and other company law provisions|
|40 to 42||Overseas disqualification of directors, business names and statutory auditors|
|44 to 47||Miscellaneous and general|