Foreign offenders

General approach

Foreign companies that have a branch1 or place of business2 in Great Britain must register a number of particulars in this country with Companies House, and will generally be liable for prosecution.

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England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Citation of witnesses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland can be effected through the Writ of Subpoena Act 1805. Service is usually carried out by the police and a reasonable sum of money must be tendered to the witness to meet travelling expenses. In a situation where a witness in England, Wales or Northern Ireland is unlikely to attend voluntarily at court in Scotland then process can be issued under section 4(3) of the Summary Jurisdiction (Process) Act 1805 whereby a witnesses attendance at court in Scotland can be procured. The citation of witnesses will be carried out by the Procurator Fiscal.


  1. Companies Act 1985 s690A & EC Council Directive 89/666. Back to reference of footnote 1
  2. Companies Act 1985 s691. Back to reference of footnote 2

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Updated 2020-11-16