What type of legal entity should I set up in the UK?

If you’re making plans for your business to enter the UK market, one of the first decisions to be made is choosing a legal entity type and set-up.

There are four options when choosing a UK legal entity type and set up:

  • An establishment (formerly called a branch)
  • A limited company (LTD)
  • A limited liability Partnership (LLP) or
  • A PLC.

The establishment or PLC routes are rarely used.

Over 90% of UK legal entities are set up as a LTD, with some businesses, mainly financial services, going down the LLP route. The LLP route is chosen for the ease with which new equity partners can join a firm, these tend to be C-Suite executives.

Read more about how we support International industry at every stage of Entering the UK Market business journey. As always, please feel free to get in touch with me to discuss your own business situation.

Gerry Collins

Managing Partner

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