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Apply now to restore a struck off company - company restoration application form (PDF file - 189kB)

If your company has been struck off or dissolved we can assist you having it restored to the register at Companies House.

Our experienced company restoration staff will work to restore your struck off or dissolved company quickly and sympathetically with minimum hassle, ever mindful of the urgency and distress that is often involved because the assets of struck off and dissolved companies pass bona vacantia (incorrectly referred to as bon vacanta) to the Crown. We hear the cry of "my company has been struck off!" and "how do I restore a struck off company quickly?" on a daily basis.

Whether you are an accountant, solicitor, company secretary or business owner we will take a professional approach with personal attention to support your struck off or dissolved company restoration (often inaccurately referred to as "resurrect a struck off or dissolved company" or "reinstate a struck off or dissolved company", even by professionals!).


How to restore a dissolved company

To restore a struck off or dissolved company to the register at Companies House and continue trading you need to bring all of the struck off or dissolved company's affairs up to date. It is sometimes possible to make an application to release frozen cash or assets (held bona vacantia) and immediately strike the company off again, which is less onerous and often more economically viable, as it avoids a full company restoration. If a company was trading at the time of strike off it may be eligible for an administrative restoration under sections 1024 � 1049 of the Companies Act 2006.

As online company restoration advisers and specialists we can assist you with the procedure for application to the Treasury solicitor and Registrar of Companies to reinstate a struck off or dissolved company. We will deal with all of the legal matters and appoint experienced solicitors to submit your application to Court and the Registrar of Companies on your behalf.

In order to process struck off or dissolved company restoration application forms you need to complete a simple questionnaire (PDF file - 189kB) in as much detail as possible.

Company restoration is normally subject to a time limit of 6 years (except for example where a personal injury claim is being brought) from when the company was struck off. Please be advised that until a court order has been obtained, the company will not be restored unless it is an administrative restoration by the Registrar of Companies. This is not guaranteed nor automatic and until such times as the struck off or dissolved company is restored to the register at Companies House the assets remain bona vacantia.


How long does a company restoration take?

A hearing date to restore a struck off or dissolved company is normally advised shortly after the forms have been lodged with the courts. This interim period is necessary to make sure all the statutory forms for the company have been brought up to date for Companies House (for example Accounts and Annual Returns). The total length of the company restoration process can be expected to be approximately 4 months if all runs according to plan.

An administrative restoration will be quicker as there is no need to go through the courts.

If the purpose of a company restoration is purely to release funds (held bona vacantia) amounting to less than £3,000 in cash it is not always necessary to issue proceedings to restore a Company. This is because the Company does not intend to trade. Each case will be decided on merit and is at the discretion of the Treasury Solicitor.

The vast majority of company restoration cases are straightforward. In the unlikely event that the company restoration encounters difficulties (if say a 3rd party were to oppose it) it is not possible to predict the delay but you will be informed of any adverse developments.

IMPORTANT NOTE: It is not possible to jump the queue - beware of companies making false promises with money-back guarantees.

Apply now to restore a struck off company - company restoration application form (PDF file - 189kB)

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