UK Corporate Governance Code
The UK Corporate Governance Code (formerly known as the Combined Code) sets out standards of good practice for listed companies on board composition and development, remuneration, shareholder relations, accountability and audit. The code is published by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC).
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Rights and duties of directors 2017/18
Martha Bruce (Bloomsbury, 2017)
This book "sets out the rights and powers of directors and their duties as prescribed by company law and associated legislation, principles of corporate governance, and the UK Listing Authority and other regulators."
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History of the code
The development of the code is outlined in our UK Corporate Governance Code timeline which traces the evolution of the code through past consultations and revisions.
FRC to tighten up sanctions and governance code
The article mentions that the Financial Reporting Council would strengthen its sanctions and bring in reforms to the corporate governance code for the year 2017.
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Are you up to scratch with corporate governance?
A short article on how the changes introduced in the updated 2014 UK corporate governance code will affect directors.
FRC nears end of Sisyphean task
The FRC's third attempt at overhauling the going concern accounting principle aims to compromise, Naomi Rainey reports.
Cheques & balances
Can too much corporate governance stifle SMEs' freedom - or can it actually be a boon for businesses?
UK gives more guidance on comply or explain
The article discusses a report by the FRC on the UK's comply or explain approach which encourages companies to reveal more detail on their governance arrangements.
A shake-up of Britain's boardrooms under a revised Corporate Governance Code has attached greater importance to the role of chairman.
Follow the code
The article focuses on the consultation proposals by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) for reforming the UK Corporate Governance Code.
Briefings and summaries
Audit Committee Institute (KMPG)
The Audit Committee Institute (KPMG) has published a number of briefings on the UK Corporate Governance Code which are available to download from the ACI website.
New Corporate Governance Code - clawback or explain
A September 2014 summary from international law firm Linklaters, covering the changes to the UK Corporate Governance Code in 2014.
UK Corporate Reporting changes: how will companies forecast for the long term?
ICAEW Chief Executive Michael Izza discusses the September 2014 revised UK Corporate Governance Code on his blog.
Updated UK Corporate Governance Code and associated guidance
Corporate briefing from law firm Ashurst published in October 2014.
FRC Guidance on Risk Management and Internal Control and Related Financial and Business Reporting (the Risk Guidance)
Updated in September 2014, the guidance is an amalgamation of the 2005 Turnbull and 2009 Going Concern guidance notes, revised to reflect the finalised requirements of the Code and in the light of comments from consultation in November 2013 and April 2014.
FRC Guidance for Directors of Banks on Solvency and Liquidity Risk Management and the Going Concern Basis of Accounting
This September 2014 guidance provides supplementary considerations for the banking sector, and should be read in conjunction with the Risk Guidance.
FRC Extracts from International Standards on Auditing (UK and Ireland) 260, 570 and 700
Revised in September 2013, the extracts draw attention to related changes to the standards that were made following consultation in 2012. The revisions are effective for audits of financial statements for periods commencing on or after 1 October 2014.
FRC Guidance on Audit Committees
The guidance, updated in April 2016, is 'intended to assist company boards when implementing the sections of the UK Corporate Governance Code dealing with audit committees and to assist directors serving on audit committees in carrying out their role.' Formerly known as the Smith Guidance.
FRC Guidance on Board Effectiveness
Guidance published by the FRC in March 2011 'to assist companies in applying the principles of the UK Corporate Governance Code. The guidance relates to the sections of the Code that deal with leadership and the effectiveness of the board.'
Corporate Governance Review 2016: The future of governance: one small step...
Annual survey and report conducted by Grant Thornton of FTSE 350 companies, assessing compliance with disclosure requirements of the UK Corporate Governance Code.
When is comply or explain the right approach?
An ICAEW paper on good corporate governance and the role of comply or explain as a means to that end. Corporate governance codes in the EU are applied on a comply-or-explain basis. However, in other areas of business regulation, we rarely observe this approach in practice. So, under what conditions is comply or explain appropriate? And, what do these conditions mean for its application in different countries?
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An authoritative guide to company secretarial practice. Detailed commentary is accompanied by over 80 precedents. Chapter 17 Corporate Governance deals specifically with the current UK Corporate Governance Code.
Overview of corporate governance
The key institutions, products and professions of the City of London. Chapter 25 is a overview of corporate governance and follows the development of UK governance codes.
The Combined Code on Corporate Governance
An introduction to governance for directors and executives. Chapter 6 looks at the Combined code on Corporate Governance, the forerunner to the UK Corporate Governance Code.
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