Changes to UK company law. The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act.

Confirmation statement changes

The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act will introduce important changes to the confirmation statement. 

Every company, including dormant and non-trading companies, must file a confirmation statement at least once every year. It confirms the information we hold about the company is up to date. 

Companies must file a confirmation statement even if there have not been any changes during the review period. 

We’re aiming to introduce the changes to the confirmation statement on 4 March 2024. The introduction of these changes needs secondary legislation so this date is still dependent on parliamentary timetables. It will not be earlier than 4 March 2024.

Registered email address 

Under the act, all companies will need to provide a registered email address. Companies House will use this email address to communicate with the company – it will not be available to the public.  

New companies will need to give a registered email address when they incorporate, from 4 March 2024. 

Existing companies will need to give a registered email address when they file their next confirmation statement, with a statement date from 5 March 2024 onwards.  

Statement to confirm the company is lawful 

All companies will need to confirm that the intended future activities of the company will be lawful.  

You’ll need to confirm this every year on the confirmation statement. You will not be able to file a confirmation statement without this statement. 

This will apply to all confirmation statements with a statement date from 5 March 2024 onwards.  

File your confirmation statement with Companies House