Administrative Restoration


A company can be restored by administrative "fast-track" restoration if it was struck off by the Registrar of Companies whilst it was carrying on business.


Only a director or member at the time the company was struck off can make the application, and the following conditions must be met:

  •   The company was carrying on business when it was struck off
  •   Any outstanding information such as accounts and annual return(s) must be submitted together with any late filing penalties and Companies House fees

Legal costs payable to the Companies Court and the Registrar of Companies are as follows:

  •   Treasury Solicitor’s fee, £64
  •   Registrar of Companies fee, £100
  •   Additional fees if the registered office is in the Duchy of Lancaster or Cornwall
  •   Annual Return filing fees and late filing penalties, if applicable, will need to be paid before the company can be restored. (See below.)

Our fees are £175 plus VAT.

The Process:


Step 1

We will complete the RT01 – Application for Administrative Application – and forward to you for signature.

Step 2

We will apply for a Waiver Letter from the Treasury Solicitor (or Solicitor to the Duchy of Lancaster or Duchy of Cornwall where appropriate). The signed documents and Waiver Letter will be sent to the Registrar Of Companies.

Step 3

We will liaise with you regularly, and provide updates as and when we have any new information about the progress of the restoration.

Restoration by Court Order


Suitable for those wishing to restore a company following a voluntary DS01 filing, those wishing to make a personal injury claim against a struck off or dissolved company, or for those wishing to recover frozen assets but not wishing to continue trading.


Our fees for restoring a company by Court Order start at £400 and the court costs are as follows:

  •   £308 (no VAT charged) payable to the Courts at the beginning of the process
  •   £300 (no VAT charged) payable to the Registrar of Companies approximately halfway through the process
  •   Extra fees apply if in the Duchy of Lancaster or Cornwall £150 + VAT
  •   Late filing penalties, if applicable. (See below.)

Our fees start at £400 plus VAT.

The Process:


Step 1

We will draft the appropriate documents for your claim, including Claim Form and Witness Statement and forward these to you for approval and signature.

Step 2

The signed Claim Form will be issued and served on the Treasury Solicitor and Registrar of Companies.

Step 3

We will obtain the Consent Order from the Treasury Solicitor, send it to you for signature and then serve the Consent Order on to the Registrar of Companies.

Step 4

We will liaise with you regularly, and provide updates as and when we have any new information about the progress of the restoration.

FAQs


The most common reason to restore the company to the register is where the limited company has been dissolved and its assets frozen by the Treasury Solicitor. Companies House may dissolve a company due to non-compliance, e.g. failure to file the company’s Annual Return or Accounts, or failure to contact the company at its Registered Office Address. When the company is dissolved in this way, its bank account is frozen and the assets held by the Treasury Solicitor.


A limited company may be restored if it has been voluntarily dissolved but funds from the company’s bank account have not been taken.

This enables companies to recover a limited amount of money from the Treasury Solicitor. Dissolved companies can apply to recover up to £3,000 by applying for a Discretionary Grant. If the company has frozen assets of up to £3,500, the Treasury Solicitor will allow their fee to be deducted from this amount. This process takes approximately 3 months. Please contact us for further details.

A company may apply for an Administrative Restoration in the event that Companies House has struck them off the register under sections 1000 or 1002 of the Companies Act 2006 (i.e. for non-compliance) within the last 6 years. A company must intend to continue to trade (or hold assets) once restored by Administrative Restoration. The process requires a £64 fee to the Treasury Solicitors in return for a waiver letter and the filing of a RT01 with £100 fee to Companies House. Once the waiver letter has been obtained the process takes from 4 to 6 weeks at Companies House. Please contact us for further details.

A director or shareholder of a dissolved limited company may apply to the court to restore a company to the register within 6 years of the date of dissolution. Third parties may also apply to the court to restore the company e.g. creditors may wish to recover funds, (for further information please seek legal advice). The process involves, the Courts and the Treasury Solicitor and will take up to four months. The difference between this option and the Administrative Restoration is that the company is not obliged to continue to trade when restored, and any late accounts or returns do not have to be prepared.


If the application is successful, the company will be restored to the register and deemed to have continued in existence as if it had not been struck off. All forms filed will be available on the public record. With this process it is possible to apply to the court to restore the company for the sole purpose of recovering frozen assets and dissolve it immediately after.


Once we have received all forms and payments the restoration process takes approximately 4 months. Excluding our fees, there are the Court fee of £308 and the Treasury Solicitor’s fee of £300. It does not include any fees that may be due to the Registrar for outstanding penalties and filing fees. Please contact us for further details.

It is important to take time to consider all aspects of why you want to restore your company to the register. When you call us to discuss your best options, we will ask you to confirm your full intentions – do you want to restore the company merely to recover frozen assets? Or do you need to continue to trade with the same company number? Do you need to restore the company quickly? We will discuss the most cost effective options and weigh up the timescale options with you, to ensure your full needs are met. For example, an Administrative Restoration may be the quickest option, however it may also be the most costly (e.g. taking into consideration late penalty fines, accountant fees, Companies House costs and our administrative charges).


You may benefit from opting for a Discretionary Grant or apply to the Court to restore the company for the sole purpose of recovering your assets. Costs that have not been covered here are those you may be charged by your accountant in order to bring the company filing up to date.