Model articles

A guidance document for private companies limited by shares prescribed by the Companies Act 2006 (CA 2006).

About this document:

  • All companies must have articles of association.  They govern the way in which a company is to be run.
  • Model” articles of association are the standard default articles a company can use prescribed by the Companies Act 2006 (“CA 2006”). The default application of model articles is tied to the type of company when it is formed.
  • In keeping with the policy objective of “thinking small first”, the model articles for private companies limited by shares have been designed with the needs of small, owner-managed businesses in mind.  They are therefore kept as simple and straightforward as possible. 
  • Companies are free to adopt, vary or exclude some or all of the model articles, subject to the provisions of the CA 2006.
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