Companies Act 2014


Trading under a misleading name

1009. (1) Subject to subsection (6), neither a body that is not a PLC nor an individual shall carry on any trade, profession or business under a name which includes, as its last part, the words “public limited company”, or “cuideachta phoiblí theoranta” or abbreviations of those words.

(2) If a body or individual contravenes subsection (1), the body or individual and, in the case of a body, any officer of it who is in default, shall be guilty of a category 3 offence.

(3) A PLC shall not, in the following circumstances, use a name which may reasonably be expected to give the impression that it is any type of a company other than a PLC or that it is any other form of body corporate.

(4) Those circumstances are circumstances in which the fact that it is a PLC is likely to be material to any person.

(5) If a PLC contravenes subsection (3), the PLC and any officer of it who is in default shall be guilty of a category 3 offence.

(6) Subsection (1) shall not apply to any company—

(a) to which Part 21 applies, and

(b) which has provisions in its constitution that would entitle it to rank as a PLC if it had been registered in the State.