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Company secretary

Practical information and guidance on the duties, role and responsibilities of the company secretary

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Off payroll working - A user guide

This practical guide explains the off-payrolling rules as they apply to medium and large businesses.

Legal Alert is a monthly checklist from Atom Content Marketing highlighting new and pending laws, regulations, codes of practice and rulings that could have an impact on your business

Legal Alert - January 2021

A monthly checklist from Atom Content Marketing highlighting new and pending laws, regulations, codes of practice and rulings that could have an impact on your business.

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.

Bloomsbury Core Accounting and Tax Service

Eligible firms have free access to Bloomsbury Professional's comprehensive online library, comprising more than 60 titles from some of the country's leading tax and accounting subject matter experts. Find out who is eligible and how you can access the Core Accounting and Tax Service.

The Company Secretary - returns, records and registers

A chapter on the duties and responsibilities of the company secretary. The returns, records and registers which a private company must send to Companies House are also covered.

Company secretaries

Practical information, guidance and checklists to do with the legal duties, qualifications and responsibilities of the company secretary.

Rights and duties of directors 2018-19

Guide to the rights and powers of directors and their specific duties under company law and associated legislation.

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Company secretary

Chapter 14 discusses the role of the company secretary and their contribution to corporate governance.

The chairman of the board

Chapter 11 looks at the Chairman's role in governance and their role on the board and the chair's interaction with CEO, company secretary, senior independent director (SID) and shareholders.

Company secretary's handbook (11th edition)

An authoritative guide to company secretarial practice. Detailed commentary is accompanied by over 80 precedents. The 5th edition of this title is available through our Ebook Central subscription.

Effective boards and board meetings

An essential source of reference and route map for the position of Non-executive director. Contains case studies and checklists throughout. Chapter 5 gives an overview of the roles of the board, the chairman, the senior independent director (SID), the company secretary and board committees. The subjects of board composition, boardroom behaviour, conduct of board meetings and matters reserved for the board are looked at. Includes 'Checklist: for an effective board'

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Corporate secretary's governance role

Article looks at the corporate [company] secretary's vital role in corporate governance and board operations. Written from an American perspective but is still relevant to other jurisdictions.

Do you need a chief governance officer?

Article looks a the growth in the corporate governance responsibilities facing public companies which has lead to the traditional corporate [company] secretary role evolving into a 'chief governance officer' role.

Who is telling your company story?

Article discusses the importance of an investor relations officer and board of directors on businesses during engagement with shareholders along with the growing number of corporate secretaries with credibility and skills that could provide businesses effective shareholder engagement.

A company secretary is every leader's wise friend

Interview with Simon Osborne, Chief Executive of ICSA who outlines the roles and responsibilities of a company secretary and explains why private companies still employ them even though it is no longer a legal requirement.

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Useful links

Role of the company secretary

An outline of the role and responsibilities of the company secretary from the Law Donut

ICSA Resource Centre

Guidance on all areas of company secretarial. Some guidance is available for ICSA members only but many are available to non members.

Retention of records

Best practice guide from document storage company Iron Mountain. Registration required for free download.

Company administration 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.

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