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Welcome to the Corporate Enforcement Authority. 

The establishment of the CEA marks the next stage in the evolution of company law enforcement in this jurisdiction. 

Compliance with, and the enforcement of, company law has developed beyond recognition since the late 1990s, when the view was expressed in the McDowell Report that “Those who are tempted to make serious breaches of company law have little reason to fear detection or prosecution. As far as enforcement is concerned, the sound of the enforcer’s footsteps on the beat is simply never heard”. Directors of insolvent companies are now routinely restricted and disqualified as a consequence of their behaviour, civil enforcement measures and criminal prosecutions are a regular occurrence and the financial and reputational risks associated with being the subject of enforcement action are such that compliance with legal obligations is high on all responsible Boards’ agendas.

On this website, you will find details of who we are, what we do and how to make contact with us. On our Information & Guidance page, you will find a full suite of information and guidance materials designed to assist company directors, secretaries, shareholders and other relevant parties in complying with their obligations and understanding and vindicating their rights respectively. That guidance is complemented by an extensive and searchable FAQs facility.

Complaints, expressions of concern and protected disclosures are an important source of information for us and, on our Complaints page, you will find details as to how to bring your concerns to our attention. Our FAQs facility will also be of assistance to you in that regard.

Over the coming months we will be adding further information and additional resources to this website. For updates and news in that regard, as well as information in respect of upcoming career opportunities with the CEA, please follow us on social media (LinkedIn and Twitter). We welcome your feedback on how this website might be further improved and on how the information that we provide to the public might be further enhanced.