This is not in itself an insolvency procedure. Dissolution relates to Section 652A of the Companies Act 1985 allowing the removal of a company from the Companies Register in Cardiff when it has become dormant. It is also known as ‘Striking Off’.

Dissolution could be utilised when there is a dormant or non-trading company that has generally ceased trading for a period more than 3 months and has no assets. In some circumstances, companies with a small number of creditors who wish to avoid the costs of liquidation can be dissolved this way, however, if creditors include government departments it may not be possible.


The process to dissolve a Ltd company is fairly straightforward; in the first instance an application for striking off pursuant to S652A of the Companies Act 1985 is made by the Directors of the company or a majority of them.

The form DS01 is then submitted with a £10 fee to:

  • Companies House, Crown Way, Cardiff CF14 3UZ – for English and Welsh companies
  • Companies House 4th Floor Edinburgh Quay 2, 139 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh EH3 9FF – for Scottish companies
  • Companies House 2nd Floor The Linenhall, 32-38 Linenhall Street, Belfast BT2 8BG – for Northern Ireland companies

The application must be made to Companies House and the following criteria must have been met:

  • Not traded within the last 3 months
  • Not changed the company name within the last 3 months
  • Is not subject to any legal proceedings, current or proposed
  • Has not made a disposal for value of property or rights

The bank account should be closed, domain names transferred and any other loose ends dealt with before you apply.

Call 0330 400 0481 for a free, no-obligation discussion to decide whether Dissolution is an appropriate solution to your debt problem.
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