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Company administration

A collection of resources on company administration including company filing, company records, company meetings and the responsibilities of company secretaries.

What's on this page?

  • eBooks
  • Briefings
  • Useful links
  • Articles and books from the Library

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Featured book

Tolley's Company secretary's handbook 2015-16
(LexisNexis, 2015)
A practical guide to the legal and procedural aspects of company administration, covering the wide range of duties and responsibilities which typically fall to the secretary. 

To borrow this book please contact the Library.

Featured article

How to avoid penalties for late accounts 
Tips and Advice: Company Director, 19 March 2014, p.4
Companies House is notoriously inflexible over deadlines for submitting accounts. Article discusses ways of avoiding a penalty for late submission of accounts.

To request a copy of this article please contact the Library.


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Briefings are four-page guides from Atom Content Marketing written for the busy practitioner, director and entrepreneur providing concise, practical advice on core business issues.

Role of the company secretary


The company secretary acts as the chief administrative officer of the company, and shares various responsibilities with the directors under the Companies Act. Private companies are no longer obliged to appoint a company secretary, although most companies continue to do so.

Forming a business


Whether you are forming your first business or adding to an existing one, it pays to set it up correctly. Choosing the wrong business structure exposes you to unnecessary costs and risks.

Directors' responsibilities


Company directors are responsible for the management of their companies. They must act in a way most likely to promote the success of the business and benefit its shareholders. They also have responsibilities to the company’s employees, its trading partners, and the state.

Build your company's board


The board of directors has an essential role in company governance and setting the strategic direction of the business. The right board of directors brings your company specialist knowledge and expertise in key business areas, such as management, finance or technology.

Useful links

International company registration
Knowledge Guide from the ICAEW Library & Information Service on company registers in over 30 countries worldwide.

Company administration: 16 FAQs
Answers to frequently asked questions from Law Donut with regards to company administration including roles and responsibilities, filing requirements, company books and records and board meetings.

Companies House guidance
Latest guidance from Companies House including annual and event driven filings and late filing penalties.

Company meetings
Guide from Pinsent Masons covering board meetings, annual and other general meetings, notices, circulars and resolutions.

European document retention guide 2014
This free Iron Mountain guide provides a comparative view across 16 European countries to help companies better understand legal requirements and best practice for retention of records.

Running a limited company
GOV.UK page on different aspects of company administration, including Directors' and Company secretaries' responsibilities, reporting changes to Companies House, submitting documents and late filing penalties.

Setting up
GOV.UK page covering various aspects of setting up a new business, from writing a business plan to securing finance, record keeping, assessing IT needs and registering with HMRC.  

Articles and books in the Library collection

Our collection includes a range of articles and books on company administration including company secretary's checklists, precedents and handbooks.

Selected books

Click on the links below to see our catalogue record and holdings for each book.

Company secretarial precedents
(Jordans, 2016)
Hundreds of precedents and forms dealing with every aspect of company administration from registration to striking off. Each form and precedent is accompanied by concise details of when and how it should be used, as it relates to both private and unlisted public companies.

One stop company secretary
(ICSA, 2014)
Concise and accessible guide to keeping a company on track. Includes checklists, sample wordings, procedures, and practical solutions to everyday problems

ICSA company secretary's handbook
(ICSA, 2014)
A practical guide to the legislation and regulation governing companies and company secretarial procedures.

Further reading

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