Active Legal Entity Identifiers
in United Kingdom
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.Apply for LEI
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.Renew your LEI
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
An LEI number costs from 55£ a year. Our full price list is available on our homepage and upon application.
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.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org. We will change the data in the GLEIF database (free of charge).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.