THE SOLE DIRECTOR

Role
As the company's sole director, the person (or entity) will be responsible for managing the business and affairs of the company and for ensuring, along with the company secretary (if any) that the company complies with the Companies Act 2006.

Relevant factors in choosing
The sole director of the company:



must be a natural person - this follows from section 155(1) of the Companies Act 2006 which provides that a company must have at least one director who is a natural person;



need not have any special formal qualifications;



must not have been disqualified by a court from acting as a company director (unless he or she has been given leave (permission) by a court to act as a director for a particular company);



must not be an undischarged bankrupt (except with leave of the court) - section 11(1) of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986;



must have attained the age of 16 years - section 157 of the Companies Act 2006;



may be a non-British national - however, it is possible that UK immigration laws may restrict the work activities which such a director may undertake whilst in the UK. If in doubt, advice may be sought from the Home Office UK Border Agency; and



may, under the Companies Act 2006, be from an overseas country (i.e. outside of England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland in terms of residency, domicile, citizenship, place of incorporation, or all or any of those concepts). Nevertheless, this general proposition may be subject to any applicable foreign investment rules which may apply from time to time.
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