At present, UK companies are permitted to have corporate directors – that is, one or more legal persons (such as a company or limited liability partnership) who are directors – so long as one director is a natural person (i.e. an individual).
This is to change later this year, as part of the Government’s drive to improve the transparency of UK company ownership and control.
The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015, which received Royal Assent in March 2015, introduced a ban on corporate directors and those provisions are currently expected to come into force in October 2016 (having been delayed from October 2015).
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