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Company secretary

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

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Changes to accounts preparation and filing requirements

As well as measures to tackle economic crime, the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act aims to support economic growth by improving information held on the UK companies register. Sally Baker explains the changes the Act will bring in the coming years.

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

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Bloomsbury Accounting and Tax Service

Eligible firms have free access to Bloomsbury Professional's comprehensive online library, comprising around 80 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 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.

Companies legislation

The full text of the UK Companies Act 2006 and related legislation, including Limited Liability Partnerships Act 2000.

Rights and duties of directors

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

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Joint ventures and shareholders' agreements

A guide to the law and practice in this core area of corporate law surrounding joint ventures and shareholders' agreements.

FRS 102 - Small entities

Fully updated guide focusing on each area of the financial statement in detail with illustrative examples. This chapter gives a summary of FRS 102 Section 1A and related Companies Act 2006 requirements, and covers the scope of the small entities and LLPs regime, recognition and measurement requirements, the complete set of financial statements, statement of financial position, income statement (or profit and loss account), notes to the financial statements, statutory exemptions, and filing requirements.

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.

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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.

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.

Three Institutes’ Responses to the Hampel Committee on Corporate Governance

Summarises the responses of the ICAEW, IOD and ICSA to the consultation paper issued by the Hampel Committee.

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Useful links

Retention of records

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

Running a limited company

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

Governance + compliance

The publication of ICSA The Governance Institute providing current news, views and practical advice on the latest developments in governance and compliance.

Company meetings

Guide from Pinsent Masons covering the administration of board meetings, annual and other general meetings, notices, circulars and resolutions.

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