Articles by Chris Smith

The sole director-shareholder dilemma: Kings Court Trust Limited and others v Lancashire Cleaning Services Limited

Mr Pilling was the sole director and sole shareholder of a cleaning company, Lancashire Cleaning Services Limited (the “Company”). Sadly, Mr Pilling died suddenly on 28th February 2017. Following his death, the Company endeavoured to continue trading. Before his death, Mr Pilling had prepared a Will appointing executors to administer his estate. However, regrettably, the […]


The Confirmation Statement

On the 30 June 2016, the annual return was replaced by the new Confirmation Statement (form CS01). This reform was intended to reduce the administrative burden involved with submitting the annual return, but has also resulted in some confusion over the practicalities of the new rules. In this article we unpack the requirements of the […]

PSCs and confirmation statements: a corporate law formalities update

This update follows on from our previous article on the topic published in March 2016: http://gdknowledge.co.uk/urgent-persons-with-significant-control-register/ As of the 6th April 2016, there is a requirement to maintain a PSC register with a Company’s Statutory Books. From the 30th June, this information must be submitted to Companies House along with the new annual Confirmation Statements. For companies incorporated […]


Urgent – Persons with Significant Control Register

As of 6 April 2016, there are new Regulations which will be in place which will have an impact on all private unlisted companies and LLPs. The draft Register of People with Significant Control Regulations 2016 (“Regulations”) will be in force from 6 April 2016 and they will require all UK unlisted companies and LLPs, […]

Court of Appeal Judgment: Thomas v Dawson & Anor [2015] EWCA Civ 706

In Thomas v Dawson & Anor [2015] EWCA Civ 706 the Court of Appeal was called upon to make a judgment on whether the Court has absolute discretion to make awards in unfair prejudice petitions under s 994 Companies Act 2006. Background The Companies Act 2006 (“CA 2006”) allows for a member of a company to […]


Does the FIFA Ban on TPO infringe EU Law?

Whether it be huge transfer fees, large broadcasting deals or the financial fair play rules, football and finance is rarely out of the news. The latest issue to rear its head is third party ownership of football players. Whilst the issue in the UK dates back to the well known Tevez-Mascherano saga in 2007, FIFA’s […]

Data Protection: A Computer Never Forgets!

The EU is currently negotiating a new Regulation to cover data protection and the introduction of a right to be forgotten. For more detail on the impact and Britain’s response please read on.