By Philip Hayden, 18th June 2018
One useful addition to the Companies Act that has yet to be utilised by many entities is the ability to appoint a Registered Person. Section 39 of the Companies Act 2014, allows the appointment of someone to bind a company who is not currently sitting as an officer of the company.
The idea behind this addition to company law is to make it easier for an agent or representative to display authority to act on behalf of and generally bind a company. This Registered Person has been appointed, they would ideally be capable of binding the company without the need to provide additional documentation. The appointment is made through a filing with the Companies Registration Office signed off on by a current officer of the company.
The exception here would be cases when a direct officer of the company is required to sign on behalf of the company. For example, an annual return. The mechanism is an ideal alternative for putting a basic power of attorney in place. It is worth noting that a Registered Person should not be appointed where their powers should be limited in any way or restricted to certain contracts.
Much of the reason this practice has not become commonplace could be due to the fact that a bank will still go through a standard set of checks and require supporting documents regardless of the appointment of a Registered Person.
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