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Separate Legal Entities

Our knowledge can help you understand your rights in any corporate framework.  

Understanding how companies function is a complex topic in company law, but it is one you need to have a firm grasp of if you are to familiarise yourself with your rights and obligations as a shareholder.

Some shareholders find it difficult to grasp the concept that company property, assets and money belong to the company and are not the property of the shareholders (often also called 'members'), even if the company in question is 100% owned by the shareholders.

Companies are what lawyers call 'separate legal entities'. In other words, they have their own legal identity and therefore can own property, enter into contracts and sue/be sued in their own right.

Each company in England and Wales is given a unique company number by Companies House and will retain, and be identified by, the same company number throughout its existence, no matter how many times the company changes its name.

You need to do your research and stay abreast of developments in a company, as its past dealings can impact your investment as a shareholder, and we can use our expertise to help you stay up to date.