Sensitive names

What is a Sensitive name?

Several words and phrases are protected by Companies House



When forming a company there are some limitations on your company name that should be taken into consideration. In certain cases, certain words or phrases included in a company name may be deemed as sensitive. A sensitive word or phrase could be one that suggests a level of distinction in a particular field or implies a connection with an official body. Similarly, offensive names will also be deemed as sensitive. 




These regulations offer a level of protection for companies and individuals as it prevents misleading company names that could be open to exploitation.




Companies House will review any application where the name is deemed to be sensitive, however please be reassured that our formations team have comprehensive experience in this area and we will be happy to guide you throughout this process. You can check if your intended company name contains a sensitive word using this search box

An individual, for example, may wish to form a limited company or partnership using the word ‘solicitor’ in the company name. The sensitive name limitations can give you confidence that this individual has achieved a certain level of academic attainment and is fully qualified. In this case, the individual would have to gain approval from the Solicitors Regulatory Authority.


Another example of this could be the use of the word ‘British’ in a company name. This could suggest that this company is preeminent in it's field or it could even imply a connection with the British government. 

If you wish to form a company with a sensitive name please do not hesitate to contact us and our formation team will be happy to help. The regulations may seem daunting at first but we have extensive experience with these constantly changing regulations and we will do everything in our power to ensure the process is as simple as possible.

A full list of sensitive names can be found here




Please note Companies House processing times are an estimate only and not guaranteed.

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