The memorandum and articles of association are a combination of the memorandum of association and the articles of association. It’s a legal requirement for a company to have these documents. A company simply can’t be formed without them.
The articles of association define each subscriber’s (the founding members of a company) intention to set up a company. It includes the names of all subscribers.
The articles of association outline how the new company is going to be operated.
Both documents are automatically created during the company formation process. If you wish, you can write and upload your own articles of association. However, this can complicate the company formation process so we always advise seeking legal advice before doing this.
Have you misplaced your memorandum and articles of association?
No problem. Getting a copy is quick, simple and free.
If you set up a company with 1st Formations:
- Access your company dashboard
- Select ‘My Companies’
- Click on the ‘View’ icon
- Select the ‘Documents’ tab
You will then have the option to download a PDF of your company’s memorandum and articles of association (as well as the certificate of incorporation and share certificates).
If you didn’t set up a company with 1st Formations:
- Access the Companies House search tool
- Enter your company name and select the search icon
- Click on your company name
- Select the ‘Filing history’ tab
Locate the ‘Incorporation’ documents (these will be the first documents that the company has filed) – the memorandum and articles of association are included as part of these. You can then view and download a PDF of the document.
So there you have it, how to find your company’s memorandum and articles of association. We hope you have found this blog post helpful. Please do get in touch via a comment if you have any questions.