Incorporating a company

Incorporating a company doesn’t have to be stressful. You need to ensure all the appropriate applications, documents and paperwork are in place to help you protect your personal assets and your company.

Birkett Long’s commercial law specialists will guide you through the process of forming a company, helping you to get your business up and running as smoothly as possible.

Our company formations solicitors are well placed to act quickly when you need us. We provide practical advice to individuals who are looking to incorporate a company. In special circumstances, we are able to provide a same day service for company formations. In any case, we aim to have your company formed within 2 days of receiving all the necessary information from you. Our expert team offers you peace of mind during this speedy service.

Incorporating a company is generally a three step process.

Step one when incorporating a company

  • Search the Companies House database to see if your choice of company name is available.
  • There are some restrictions on the choice of company names. For more information on restricted names, please contact the team on 01206 217 326.

Step two when incorporating a company 

  • Download the relevant company formation form – either to set up a company limited by guarantee, or set up a company limited by shares.
    To complete the form you will need:
  • Names of the director(s) of your company
  • Who will act as your Company Secretary (if required - Birkett Long can provide this service for you)
  • Residential addresses and dates of birth for all directors
  • Where you intend keeping your registered office (Birkett Long can provide this service for you)
  • Who your shareholders will be and how many shares they will each have

If you would like a same day service please contact the team on 01206 217 326.

Step three when incorporating a company 

Once we have received your completed form, and before proceeding with the formation, Birkett Long will contact you to confirm all of the details, any individual requirements and to confirm our fees. If you proceed, once the company formation is complete, we will provide you with fully written up company books and all of the company documentation that you require. 


Birkett Long has helped many businesses with company formation, from SMEs and sole traders to major multinationals. Our specialist lawyers handle all kinds of commercial and corporate finance work.

Several of our company formations lawyers have experience of working in businesses so understand the obstacles you may face. They offer practical advice to help you get your business running.

Staff re-order in business incorporating a company

  • Tracey Dickens
  • David Wisbey
  • Alan Massenhove