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A company’s shareholders are the people who are registered as such in the company’s statutory registers. If statutory registers are not properly maintained, this can give rise to troublesome issues.

A company’s records should show clearly all shares that have been issued and to whom, all share transfers that have taken place and consequently who all of the shareholders are. The registers will need to be updated on any share issue, transfer, buyback re-designation, consolidation and sub-division.

The information that has been filed at Companies House should also be consistent with the statutory registers.

It is important to ensure that registers are properly written up so that any problems can be rectified. It is usually possible to do this, and easier to do so if there is time available. If there are problems with statutory registers, this will be identified by a buyer on an acquisition of the company and could potentially lead to difficulties in the transaction process.

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Should you or your company need any advice in connection with your company’s PSC register or its statutory registers generally, please contact Keith Kennedy (partner in the Corporate and Commercial Department) at or by telephoning 0161 684 6942.

Posted 6 March 2017

Please note that the information and opinions contained in this article are not intended to be comprehensive, nor to provide legal advice. No responsibility for its accuracy or correctness is assumed by Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers Ltd or any of its members or employees. Professional legal advice should be obtained before taking, or refraining from taking, any action as a result of this article.

This blog was posted some time ago and its contents may now be out of date. For the latest legal position relating to these issues, get in touch with the author - or make an enquiry now.

Written by Keith Kennedy


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