How does a director leave a limited company?

There are many reasons why a director may need to resign from a limited company. In some cases, they may be asked to resign following a dispute with the company’s other directors or shareholders. Alternatively, it may be the director’s own decision.

Whatever the reason, there are a number of steps that must be taken in order to leave.

Why would a director leave a limited company?

Firstly, why might a director need to leave their position? There are many reasons why a director might need to leave a limited company, including:

  • Retirement
  • Ill health
  • Moving to a new job
  • Disagreement with other directors or shareholders
  • Death
  • Company takeover
  • Removal from office
  • Disqualification
  • Relocation


How to resign as a director

Notify your company

The first thing you’ll need to do to resign, is to notify the company that you are going to leave. Although not compulsory, it’s advisable to hold a meeting to discuss your resignation.

This will allow them to start the process of taking on a new director, if needed. Even if you speak to the other directors and shareholders informally, you should also inform them in writing, so that there is a formal document to reference your resignation.

If your resignation will also impact other members of staff, clients, and customers, you should also let them know that you’ll be resigning.

File a TM01 form

The next step is to file a TM01 form with Companies House. This can be submitted online, or by printing out the necessary forms and posting them off to Companies House.

The TM01 is submitted on behalf of the company, rather than the individual. If you submit the form on your own behalf, then it might be rejected.

Once you’ve resigned, you will no longer be a director, and will no longer have any responsibilities in connected to the company. However, it’s important to remember that, on the other hand, you also won’t have any involvement in the company or any say in how it is run.


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