I am trying to find information on the use of the sign ‘&’ to replace ‘and’ in English. When is it acceptable to use this sign? I understood that it could only be used for Proper Nouns, eg. the name of a company ‘Fox & Sons Ltd.’ but never in a normal sentence such as ‘this fees & charges handbook specifies the procedures to be followed.’ I’d be happy to know what the rule is.
The ampersand (&) comes from an alteration of and per se and, & (the sign) by itself (means) and. The Associated Press Stylebook says that you should use it when it is part of a company’s formal name, but never simply in place of and. Simon seems to have understood correctly.