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Company secretary's handbook 11th edition

The ICSA Company secretary's handbook is an authoritative guide to all areas of company secretarial practice, this edition has been updated to cover changes to the UK Corporate Governance Code and the FCA Handbook, changes in auditing practice following the EU Audit Regulation and Directive, implementation of the EU market Abuse Regulation, and the introduction of the Register of Persons of Significant control. Detailed commentary is accompanied by over 80 precedents.

The ICSA Company secretary's handbook

Douglas Armour, ICSA Publishing, 2016

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1. The company secretary

2. Company incorporation

3. Articles of association

4. Company names

5. Members

6. Directors

7. Corporate compliance

8. Members' resolutions and general meetings

9. Director's meetings and resolutions

10. Accounts

11. Auditors

12. Share capital, debentures and loan stock

13. Share issues

14. Purchase and redemption of shares

15. Floating, listing and admission to trading

16. Continuing obligations of listed, AIM and ISDX Growth Market companies

17. Corporate governance

18. Share registration

19. Dividends

20. Mortgages and charges

21. Takeovers, mergers and divisions

22. Insolvency, dissolution and restoration

23. Investigations

24. Overseas and non-Companies Act companies

Appendix 1: Model Articles of Association

Appendix 2: The UK Corporate Governance Code

Appendix 3: Good boardroom practice: a guide for company directors and company secretaries

Appendix 4: Statutory forms and filing periods

Appendix 5: Sensitive words

Appendix 6: Recommended retention periods for documents




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Precedent 1 - Pro forma directors' minute

Precedent 2 - Pro forma directors' resolution to convene general meeting

Precedent 3 - Pro forma general meeting minute

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Model articles

Companies Act 1985 Table A - regulations for management of a company limited by shares (model articles)

Destination table: Table A (1985) – Model Articles for Private Companies Limited by Shares (2008)

Model articles - Interim Table A for private companies

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