Although electronic filing of statutory forms for private and public limited companies is well established, there has until now been no equivalent facility for limited liability partnerships. From 19 August 2010 Companies House has implemented such a system and a variety of commonly used forms, including annual returns, can now be filed online.

As with limited companies, the annual return filing fee for electronic submissions is reduced to £15 instead of the usual £30 for paper returns. For users of company secretarial software, ourselves included, there is a larger range of statutory forms which can be used and also the facility for incorporating LLPs electronically for the first time. The company secretarial software providers are updating their systems to allow subscribers to use these services - in our case our ICSA Blueprint software is being upgraded on 9 October.