The Form 12 declaration

(Note: this page is currently being re-written in view of recent law changes. Some of the information here may no longer be current. UKcorporator's incorporation process however remains perfectly valid and effectual and complies with current law.)

The Form 12 declaration is one of the documents required to be lodged at Companies House to register a company. UKcorporator will produce a pre-completed Form 12 declaration for you. Form 12 takes the form of a statutory declaration to the effect that 'all the requirements of the Companies Act 1985 in respect of the registration of the [proposed] company and of matters precedent and incidental to it have been complied with'. In essence these 'requirements' are simply that the Form 10 'First directors and secretary and intended situation of registered office' and certain other documents (all of which UKcorporator will produce for you) are correct and have been duly signed.

The Form 12 declaration may by signed by a solicitor or by a proposed director or company secretary of the company being formed (provided the proposed director or company secretary is a natural person - i.e. a human being as opposed to a company). A natural person is required to sign because the form comprises a statutory declaration. If a proposed director or company secretary happens to be a company rather than a natural person (which is quite permissible) the form may be signed by a duly authorised natural person on behalf of that last mentioned company.

The form is required to be witnessed by a Commissioner for Oaths, a Notary Public, a Justice of the Peace or a solicitor. (This requirement will be drawn to your attention again in the documents produced for you by UKcorporator.)

Before answering 'Yes, a solicitor will be signing the Form 12 declaration' you should ensure that the solicitor consents to doing so.
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