New protection for company directors from identity fraud

The Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy issued the following announcement last week:

  • Company directors are twice as likely to be victims of identity fraud, research shows
  • New laws will allow directors to remove their personal address from the company register whilst still ensuring transparency at Companies House
  • Protection will help to ensure the UK continues to be one of the best places in the world to start a business – a key part of our Industrial Strategy

New laws to help protect company directors from identity fraud and personal harm will be introduced by the Government. The new laws will enable company directors to remove their personal addresses from the UK’s official company register on Companies House. Directors must still provide their business address as a legal requirement.

This comes in response to reports that fraudsters are using this publicly available information to pose as company directors to buy products online. There are also concerns the information is leaving company directors vulnerable to violence and intimidation.

They are twice as likely to be the victims of identity fraud, with company directors being victims in one in five recorded cases, according to research by fraud prevention organisation Cifas.

These new regulations will also help to ensure people feel safe when setting up a new business by protecting directors from identity fraud.

Currently, personal addresses can only be removed when Companies House and the relevant authorities judge there is a serious risk of violence or intimidation because of the company’s work.

The new laws will also ensure transparency in legal information as public authorities such as the police, the insolvency service and the pension regulator will still be able to access directors’ information, such as their personal address.

The laws will come into force by the end of summer 2018.


“It was the year 1979 little did we know then , how important is the role of the financial controller. In 1991 our co director died suddenly….his name was Ramon, He was like a brother to me. Our challenge was the company accounts and the financial control , which Ramon being accountancy trained did so well and professionally. Zak became our Rock when Ramon died, and we were comforted. Knowing the business as Zak did, we continued doing what we do best , working in the business And knowing the financial statements and cash at bank was being handled by Zak we continued to grow.

Thank you Zak, for always being there for us, and stepping in and helping us through those very difficult emotional and financial times, without you we would not be as successful as we are today. You are there for us 24/7 And the pride you deliver with your financial control which is exceptional and is beyond just doing the numbers. You are very special to us”
Joe Mastroianni, Director, The Kingston Riding School