While you can incorporate in "England and
Wales", I think you need to
decide on one or the other for the registered office.
Unfortunately the model articles the Charity Commission have come
up with are poorly worded on this point.
According to Companies House the situation of the Registered Office
must be one of:
- England & Wales
- Scotland or
I have definitely seen companies who state their registered office as
England, but I'm not sure what the legal source of this is.
Either way, I suggest E&W as the one we should go for.
----- Original Message ----
From: Andrew Turvey <raturvey(a)yahoo.co.uk>
Sent: Friday, 3 October, 2008 13:59:33
Subject: Location of Registered Office
As a chapter we will be geographically focussed on the United Kingdom. however, for legal
purposes we have to be incorporated in a particular jurisdiction, which will be one of:
- England and Wales
- Scotland, or
- Northern Ireland
In practice, companies incorporated in all these jurisictions can operate in the other
parts with no problems. The only practical restriction is that the Registered Office -
often the home of the Secretary - has to be physically located in that jurisdiction.
Given that most of us seem to be based in England, I suggest "England and Wales"
as the location. This gives us maximum flexibility, should we end up with a secretary who
lives, say, in Cardiff, it wouldn't be a problem. If the secretary lived in, say,
Edinburgh, we would just have to make some kind of arrangements for someone else -
possibly another director - to host the registered office.
The alternative is to focus this chapter on, say, England and Wales only, and let Scotland
form their own. Given there is currently no initiative to form a separate chapter in
Scotland I suggest we dont go down that route until then.