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Company secretary

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

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Information overload – practical tips

In recent years the length of board packs has increased significantly, especially in financial services, often surpassing a thousand pages. This information overload can hamper board members’ ability to think clearly, and thus their ability to make challenges where appropriate.

UK Regulation for Company Accounts

This factsheet provides an overview of the regulatory requirements affecting UK company accounts. The factsheet applies to both UK GAAP and IFRS adopters.

Small company filing options FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the filing options available to small companies and any additional statements to be filed at Companies House.

Small LLP filing options FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the filing options available to small LLPs and any additional statements to be filed at Companies House.

Small company filing options FAQs

This page answers frequently asked questions about the filing options for small companies. Updated September 2019.

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

Case law: Private company shareholder ‘written resolutions’ invalid unless circulated on the authority of the board

Companies proposing to use written resolutions to make shareholder decisions – ie, agreeing to a decision in writing rather than holding a formal meeting - should ensure every such resolution is approved and circulated by the board and sent on its behalf to all shareholders entitled to vote on the decision, otherwise it will be invalid - as a recent ruling makes clear.

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Limited Liability Partnerships

This section on Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) looks at the nature of LLPs, their formation and the rights and liabilities of LLP members.

The nature of a company and formation of a company

This chapter looks at what characteristics a company has, types of companies, the corporate veil, formation of registered companies, naming of companies and company constitutions.

Partnership

This chapter looks at the nature and definition of a partnership. Also covered are the partnership agreement, duties of partners to each other, partners' relationship to each other, partner's relationship with outsiders, the dissolution and winding up of partnerships, and limited partners.

Business law

Guide to the legal principles that apply to business. Aimed at non-law students.

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Industry press

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How to plan for the 2018 AGM season

Article gives guidance on planning for annual general meetings (AGMs) in 2018

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.

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Retention of records

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

Companies House guidance

A collection of guides about registering, filing and disclosing information with Companies House.

Setting up

Gov.uk hub page for setting up a new business. Includes pages on different legal entities: sole trader; business partnership; private limited company; social enterprise; overseas company; unincorporated associations.

Running a limited company

Guidance from GOV.UK on directors responsibilities and other company secretarial aspects of running a company.

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