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About LLP Designated Members

What are the powers and responsibilities of Designated Members in a Limited Liability Partnership?

The term “designated members” confers more responsibilities than privileges. The Designated Members are responsible for:

  • Appointing an auditor (if one is needed)
  • Signing the accounts on behalf of the members
  • Delivering the accounts to Companies House
  • Notifying Companies House of any changes to the membership, registered office or name of the LLP
  • Preparing, signing and delivering the Confirmation Statement and PSC register
  • Acting on behalf of the limited liability partnership if it is wound up and dissolved

This does not sound like good news! However, it is effectively the same as the responsibilities of the Directors and Company Secretary of a traditional Private Limited Company (LTD). There must be at least 2 Designated Members among the list of Members (Partners) registered against the LLP. In larger partnerships the usual approach is to make the senior partners the Designated Members, as they are usually the ones best placed to have the final say on the accuracy of the Accounts and to determine who will be admitted to the partnership.

Designated members are accountable for these responsibilities and face penalties for failure to comply

Corporate Members

Members of Limited Liability Partnerships may be companies, rather than private individuals. And the companies do not have to be UK registered; they may be overseas or offshore registered – but they must declare their registered status and incorporation details. Whether the company is to be an ordinary Member of Designated Member, the country of registration and the incorporation number must be declared. And details must be given for the person who will sign on behalf of the company.



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