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Object to a limited company being struck off

You can object to a limited company's application to be struck off the companies register if both of these apply:

  • you're a shareholder or other interested party, such as a creditor
  • have a reason to stop the application

Example reasons to stop the application are:

  • you've not been told about the company's decision
  • you think the declarations on the company's application are false
  • the directors have broken the law, for example tax fraud
  • you want to take legal action against the company

Find out if a company's applied to be struck off by searching notices on The Gazette.

How to object

Send your objection in writing to the Registrar of Companies for Scotland. Include any supporting evidence, for example invoices showing the company is still trading or owes a debt.

Registrar of Companies for Scotland
Companies House
Fourth Floor
Edinburgh Quay 2
139 Fountainbridge

If you think your objection documents will not arrive in time, call Companies House - they may decide to delay the process by 2 weeks.

Companies House
Telephone: 0303 1234 500
Textphone: 029 2022 6788
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 6pm
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If you have a disability

Call Companies House if you have a disability that prevents you from emailing or posting your objection. You'll have one month to arrange for someone to email or post supporting evidence for you.

What happens next

Companies House will let you know if your objection is successful. They'll set a time limit (usually 3 to 6 months) during which the company can't be struck off.

You should tell Companies House before this deadline if you either:

  • need more time, for example to complete legal action against the company
  • resolve your issue with the company and no longer object to it being struck off

If you don't contact Companies House before your objection expires and the company still meets all the conditions, it will be struck off.

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