22 February 2020
Regulations came into effect on 1 June 2015, prescribing the procedure to be followed by an officer of a company who wishes for their residential address to be exempted from inclusion in the register of companies. These regulations have recently been amended (on 25 November 2015) to clarify that, where an exemption is granted, the usual residential address of the company officer can be removed not just from the register kept by the Companies Registration Office (CRO), but also the company’s own register of directors and secretaries and the company’s register of members. The usual residential address is to be replaced with the registered address of the company. The original regulations, now rescinded, dealing with this matter, failed to make provision for the removal of the residential address from the company’s own registers. This meant that, even in circumstances where an officer’s address was removed from the CRO register, a member of the public could still request to inspect the company’s registers and so obtain the residential address of the company officer in that way.