22 Application for reservation of name

(1)

An application for reservation of the name of a company must be sent or delivered to the Registrar, and must be in the prescribed form.

(2)

The Registrar must not reserve a name—

(a)

the use of which would contravene an enactment; or

(b)

that is identical or almost identical to the name of another company; or

(c)

that is identical or almost identical to a name that the Registrar has already reserved under this Act and that is still available for registration; or

(d)

that, in the opinion of the Registrar, is offensive.

(3)

The Registrar must advise the applicant by notice in writing—

(a)

whether or not the Registrar has reserved the name; and

(b)

if the name has been reserved, that, unless the reservation is sooner revoked by the Registrar, the name is available for registration of a company with that name or on a change of name for 20 working days after the date stated in the notice.

Section 22(2)(b): amended, on 5 December 2013, by section 6(1) of the Companies Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 111).

Section 22(2)(c): amended, on 5 December 2013, by section 6(2) of the Companies Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 111).

Section 22(3)(b): amended, on 1 July 1994, by section 2 of the Companies Act 1993 Amendment Act 1994 (1994 No 6).