Introduction to this document

Appointment of directors

Will an offer to join the board made on the golf course suffice? What are the legal and other requirements?


The process for appointing a director is straightforward but appointing a pal on the golf course on the spur of the moment is unlikely to fulfil your duties as a director. All appointments must be carefully considered and made in the company’s best interests, meeting any criteria set out in the articles and legislation.

There are certain administrative boxes that need to be ticked, principally registering the appointment at Companies House.

Deadline extension

Companies House must usually be notified of a new appointment, or any change in a director’s registered details, within 14 days. There is a temporary extension of this deadline in place until 5 April 2021, giving companies 42 days to file the correct paperwork.