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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?

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

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Featured book

Tolley's Company secretary's handbook 2014-15
(LexisNexis, 2014)
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.


Company secretarial practice 
A collection of books and articles on company secretarial practice including checklists, precedents and handbooks.

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


Directors' Briefings and Start-Up Briefings are four-page guides written for the busy practitioner, director and entrepreneur providing concise, practical advice on core business issues.

Role of the company secretary


If you accept appointment as a company secretary, you will become an officer of the company, sharing legal responsibilities with the directors for certain tasks required by the Companies Act.

Forming a business


Whether you are forming your first business or adding to an existing one, it pays to set it up correctly.

Disclaimer: These publications from Atom Content Marketing are for general guidance only, for businesses in the United Kingdom governed by the laws of England. Atom Content Marketing, expert contributors and ICAEW (as distributor) disclaim all liability for any errors or omissions.

Useful links

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 for companies 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
The government's Gov.uk web section 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 
This government Gov.uk web section aims to cover all 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

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