Companies Act 1862

The Companies Act 1862 (25 & 26 Vict. c.89) was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom regulating UK company law, whose descendant is the Companies Act 2006.


Under section 167 of the Companies Act 1862 (25 & 26 Vict c 89) one of the functions of a liquidator was to bring criminal proceedings against directors and others who were alleged to have committed offences in relation to the company.[8]

Cases decided under the 1862 Act

In popular culture

In the song "Some seven men form an association" in Gilbert and Sullivan's Utopia, Limited, King Paramount reforms the island of Utopia into a limited-liability company under the provisions of this act. However, in the operetta, the act is instead referred to as "the Joint Stock Companies Act of sixty-two."[9]

See also


  1. s 7(1) CA 2006
  2. s 9(2) CA 2006
  3. s 33 CA 2006
  4. s 617 CA 2006 now, but articles may be altered in all respects
  5. s 15 and 16 CA 2006
  6. now CA 2006 ss 437 and 438
  7. now IA 1986 s 127
  8. see In re London and Globe Finance Corporation Ltd [1903] 1 Ch 728, 734-735
  9. Utopia, Limited


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