A Company seal is a device used to emboss the company’s name and other important information, such as the company’s registration number and its legal type, onto the documents that the company executes. It may also be referred to as the common seal or corporate seal.
Every company registered in Ireland is required to have a Company Seal by the requirements of the Companies Act 2014.
Since the Company Seal acts as its signature, it should be used carefully. Therefore, only authorised company officials, such as directors, company secretaries or other persons authorised on that behalf, can affix Company Seal to the documents.
The law does not require a Sole Trader to have a Company Seal. However, in recent years, more and more self-employed people are looking to authenticate their documents using a company seal. These are particularly relevant for documents such as contracts and agreements/deeds.
The Companies Registration Office (CRO) does not provide the Company Seal to the companies registering with it in Ireland. Instead, you can get the seal manufactured by legal stationers, like Premier Seals, who are well aware of legal requirements and can bring your company’s signature tool to life in the most professional way.
Yes, a company may use the seal abroad and execute deeds in the same manner that it does within Ireland. Unlike the common seal, the official seal for use abroad may be used by a single person (agent), who has been authorised by the company in writing under its common seal. When an agent executes a deed on behalf of the company using the official seal, he or she must also certify by writing on the deed the date and place the seal was affixed.
The law does not prescribe any particular location for storing the Company Seal. However, it is always best to keep it in the safe custody of the company officials authorised to use it.
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