How to find company information in United Kingdom

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How is it possible to access company information in the UK (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland)?

What company information is publicly available in UK (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland)?

The following details about a company are available for free:

  • basic company information (including company type, registered office address etc)
  • the nature of business (SIC)
  • the company status (for example, live, dissolved etc.)
  • the date of last accounts or confirmation statement filed
  • the date of next accounts or confirmation statement due
  • full transaction filing
  • images of documents
  • officer searching
  • current and resigned officers
  • disqualified directors
  • previous and dissolved names search
  • mortgage charge data
  • insolvency information

It is also possible to subscribe to a free ‘follow a company’ service which will provide you with an email alert when a company updates information they have filed with Companies House using the following steps.

Which company documents are available in UK (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland)?

See the preceding section for a full list of information which is available. The corporate document which are available include:

  • the company’s rules (memorandum and articles of association)
  • shareholders’ register (confirmation statement) and details of share transactions
  • details of directors and company secretary
  • persons with significant control
  • annual accounts
  • charges (mortgages)

What other company-related information is available in UK (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland)?

Real Estate (Property) Information

Real estate (property) information can be obtained from the Land Registry

For England and Wales see:

For Scotland see:

For Northern Ireland see:

For England and Wales, summary property information is free, but title register and title plans are a chargeable service (£3 per download).

Flood risk information can be downloaded from the Environment Agency:

Intellectual Property (Trade Marks, Patents and Registered Designs) Information

In the UK, copyright (including rights in software and databases) and unregistered designs are not registrable and so cannot be searched.

Data Protection Registration

The Information Commissioner’s Office maintains a register of UK data controllers here:

Is it possible to obtain information on pending litigation against a company, its shareholders or legal representatives?

There is no easy way to search for pending litigation in the UK.

It is common practice to seek disclosure of pending litigation during pre-transaction due diligence if buying a company or a business in the UK.

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