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Company Investigations


One of the main drivers of The Service's enforcement regime is to clamp down on corporate abuse, whether by directors involved in companies which have become insolvent or by companies which are still trading. 

In relation to companies which are still trading, we use powers under the Companies Act to conduct confidential, fact-finding investigations into the activities of live limited companies in England, Scotland and Wales.  Since October 2009 we have also been responsible for the investigation of companies in Northern Ireland. 

Note – the following information relates to the investigation of companies that are actively trading, or which have ceased trading without entering into insolvency proceedings, using powers of investigation under the Companies Acts.  For information on investigations into companies which have entered into formal insolvency proceedings see our pages on Insolvent Companies . 

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Investigations Hotline

If you have information about misconduct in a company or by an individual please contact the Hotline to help us to protect creditors and the public, and ensure markets work to the benefit of business, investors, employees and customers.

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Investigations Hotline