By law, all Directors of UK companies and partners of LLPs must provide a Directors Service Address
Words by Petra Szogi
By law, all directors of UK companies and partners of LLPs must provide an address, held on public record. Tax and legal documents from Companies House and HMRC are forwarded to the address, so if you'd prefer You can use your residential address for this purpose, but it will appear on the public record.
Most of our clients prefer to keep their personal address details confidential. This is possible using the Director's Service Address. This service also includes the forwarding of all director's statutory mail from HMRC and Companies House.
What is a Directors Service Address?
At Hatton & Berkeley, our Directors Service Address (service) functions to allow company directors, secretaries and shareholders to use our prestigious offices to serve their requirements.
What is a Service Address?
When a new company is incorporated, all directors must include their 'Residential Address' as well as a 'Service Address'. The service address will be on the public record at Companies House, and made available to the general public; the residential address will be protected information and is not available to the public. Shareholders and secretaries only need to supply one address each - known as a Service Address.
Why should I use the Service Address?
Put very simply, it is for safety and confidentiality. Public records are used by canvassers to obtain what they deem to be personal details of 'Key Decision Makers' - As a company director you are a target for these types of businesses.
How is my Mail Handled?
This Directors Service Address (service) includes the forwarding of all official government mail addressed to the director/s. This includes items from Companies House, HMRC. If you wish to receive standard business mail, or use our offices as a trading address our company Virtual Office solutions can be tailored to suit.
I have more than one Director / Shareholder, can I still use the Service Address?
There is no limit to how many Company Directors / Share Holders, and no extra cost.
What does it cost me to renew my service?
The use of our Service Address functions as part of our Virtual Office and Registered Office packages, there is no extra cost charged to you, other operators do charge for this service, at H&B we believe it to be a value add.
What are KYC & AML Checks?
We are legally obliged under the London Local Authorities Act to check and validate all clients up to date photo ID and Proof of Address (within the last 3 months) using our address services. This is known as 'Know Your Customer' (KYC) and 'Anti-Money Laundering' (AML).