For any budding company secretary, Companies House has recently put new filing forms (in draft form only at this stage) for the 2006 Act, along with guidance, on its website. Many of the forms are substantially longer and more complex than their predecessors and, despite the guidance, are expected to present a number of practical difficulties for the draftsman. These forms can be accessed here.

Similarly, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has recently issued draft guidance on the model articles of the 2006 Act.

The guidance highlights the key changes for existing companies and explains the differences between the model articles and their equivalent from the 1985 Act, Table A. The model articles will constitute the default position for all private and public companies limited by shares and private companies limited by guarantee incorporated on or after 1 October 2009. However, as is currently the case with Table A, companies will still be free to adopt, vary or exclude some or all of the model articles, subject to the provisions of the 2006 Act.