As of 3 January 2018, LEIs are mandatory for all companies who wish to continue trading in securities.

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Official Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) registration service for British companies
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in United Kingdom

Database snapshot
September 2020
754 New LEI numbers issued
Fully corroborated LEI numbers 51.6%
About the Company
British LEI offers convenient and secure registration services. We are recognized by the GLEIF as the official LEI number registration agent for British companies.
Over 95% of LEIs managed by British LEI are fully corroborated
Secure payment by bank transfer, PayPal or credit card
Automated data transfer from the Companies House
Applying for an LEI is fast and secure
We issue over 90% of numbers in less than 24 hours.
We request the required data from the Companies House to ensure your application complies with LEI number standards.
Choose one of our convenient extended-length LEI packages. We offer LEI numbers with a validity of up to 5 years.
Pay securely using your credit card, PayPal or we can send you an invoice for the bank transfer.
LEI number initial application, renewal or change of data
All LEI number management services in one place!
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How are LEI numbers issued?
Initial application

To apply for an LEI number for the first time, please complete the application on our website. We request the required data from the Companies House and will start the preliminary validation of your data immediately.

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Renewal & Transfer

The LEI number must be renewed at least once a year to remain valid in the GLEIF database. If you use British LEI as your agent to renew your LEI, the number will be transferred to our administration.

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The purpose of LEI numbers is to make it easier to identify a counterparty in financial transactions. The issuance of numbers is regulated by the global umbrella organisation GLEIF (Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation)

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Applying for an LEI number via British LEI
Take a few minutes to submit your application and we will do the rest!

To apply for an LEI number, a GLEIF-accredited number issuer LOU (Local Operating Unit) is needed. British LEI is a LOU contractual registration agent that registers LEI number in the United Kingdom.

British LEI’s database is interfaced with the Companies House, which allows us to automatically query and update data related to your company. We offer British companies a fast and affordable service and keep the data in the GLEIF database in line with your current information.

Companies applying for an LEI
We validate data using the Companies House or other sources
The LEI number is issued to the customer
The LEI number is entered into the GLEIF database
An LEI number must be renewed at least once a year
Simple and transparent pricing
British LEI enables you to apply for a number for up to five years

British LEI s customers only pay for applying for or renewal of the LEI number. Updating data, transferring the LEI number or other activities related to the number are all free of charge for our customers.

VAT is added to our prices GLEIF fees are included in the price
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Questions and answers
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What is an LEI?

An LEI code or Legal Entity Identifier is a unique number, consisting of 20 symbols, that allows for identification within the global financial system. An LEI number is issued to a company just once and is unique.

Who is obliged to request an LEI number?

According to MIFID2 Directive 2014/65/EU, from January 3, 2018, an LEI number is mandatory for all legal entities wishing to trade in securities.

How much does an LEI number cost?

An LEI number costs from 55£ a year. Our full price list is available on our homepage and upon application.

How long is the LEI number valid?

The LEI number is valid for 1 year from the date of issue. The number must then be extended (via a renewal application) for the following year.

What do we do if company data changes in the Companies House?

Throughout the LEI number period, it is important that the company’s data in the GLEIF database matches the data in the Commercial Register. If the company’s data changes in the Commercial Register, please let us know by e-mail – We will change the data in the GLEIF database (free of charge).

How long does it take to issue an LEI number?

An LEI number is usually issued within 1-2 working days of payment. If the legal structure of the company (consolidation group) is complex and additional information is required, it may take longer to issue the number. We issue 99% of number in less than 24 hours.

Can I apply LEI for a Trust?

Yes, we also accept LEI applications for Trusts. If Trust is not registered with Companies House or Charity Commission, please insert “Not Registered” as a company number in the LEI application.

Why do you need an LEI number?

An LEI number is required for reporting transactions made by a legal entity to supervisory authorities. In other words, more detailed information is wanted about who, where, and with whom transactions are being completed in financial markets.

How can a company request an LEI number?

British LEI makes requesting an LEI number for a company easy! Complete the application and pay us using internet banking. Then, wait a few days and the LEI number and the receipt will be sent to your email.

How do you pay for an LEI number?

After submitting and signing your application, you will be redirected to our payment form, where it is possible to  pay an invoice by bank transfer.

How do multiannual LEIs work?

Multiannual LEIs save you time and money. For example, if you order a 3-year LEI, regisration of the LEI with a validity of 1 year is included alongside the automatic renewal of your LEI number for a further 2 years. By doing so, you do not have to deal with the renewal of your LEI number every year and, since the annual price of our multiannual contracts is cheaper, you will also save money! LEI renewal is performed 30-60 days before your next renewal date so your LEI is always valid in the GLEIF database.

Where can I verify the existence or validity of an LEI?

The validity of the LEI number can be verified on the British LEI homepage by using the search. Our database is connected to the GLEIF base and Companies House and it is updated four times a day. LEI number can be also verified on the website of the GLEIF.

Why use British LEI services?

British LEI is an official LEI registration agent recognized by the GLEIF, which means we comply with all regulations and data transmission standards. This is especially important for companies considering registering for multiannual renewal of its LEI, since the company makes an advance payment to the registration agent for the entire period. Our database is integrated with that of Companies House and is updated automatically. This reduces the administrative burden on your part, as data changes within the GLEIF database are automated. The use of an official registration agent ensures secure data processing and quality service.

What documents are needed to apply LEI for a Trust?

In order to issue LEI for a Trust, we need some supporting documents to verify legal name on the Trust, legal address and Trustees. This can be for example a Trust DEED, establishing agreement or any other similar document to confirm the data.