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The Role and Responsibilities of the Company Secretary

With this *In-house* workshop your corporate team will understand their full range of responsibility and how to minimise the company’s liabilities and strengthen its stability.

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  • Format: Bespoke training
  • CPD: 12 hours for your records (depending on your requirements)
  • Certificate of completion

Course Overview

The duties and needs of the company secretary continue to grow. The seriousness of the role makes it essential to keep up-to-date with changes and new developments and to understand their implications across a wide range of business activities. Legislation is increasing to criminalise certain activities in companies. There are a large number of offences in company law, which can lead to company directors being fined along with the company secretary; in serious cases it can lead to a custodial sentence. Individual peril is only one aspect, business survival itself is another.

A company’s reputation is one of its most prized possessions in pursuit of sustained growth, where reputational risk can make or break a company. It is essential that this asset is not undermined by breaches of the law or failure to follow best practice. The company secretary must ensure that legislation is not infringed, that regulations are adhered to, that compliance is full and up-to-date at all times and that areas of potential risks are identified and dealt with. This is all in addition to running a smoothly operating structure that looks after its directors, staff, shareholders and investors.

This intensive and practical In-house programme will deliver the best professional guidance and advice on how to achieve the right level of compliance and risk management indispensable to a company aiming to be amongst the top performers in its class.

Sample Programme

Key topics:

Company constitution (Articles)
  • Name
  • Owners, directors and the Company Secretary and their relationships
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Persons of significant control
Company ownership
  • Share transfers
  • Owners meetings and resolutions
  • Running such meetins – Chairman’s crib
Types of companies and shares
  • The veil of incorporation – and breaches
Practical duties of the Company Secretary
  • Statutory books and registers
  • Filing
  • Security
  • Charges and discharges
  • Preservation of records
Directors – definition
  • Eligibility
  • Declaration on appointment
  • Appointment
  • Status
  • Contract
  • Collective and individual responsibility
  • Acting as nominee
  • Loans
  • Penalties
  • Disqualification
  • Removal
  • Relationship with stakeholders
Companies Act 2006
  • Sections 171-177 – diligence
  • The laws around recklessness and tkaing care
  • Maintaining knowledge
  • Avoiding conflicts

The range of personal liabilities

Board meetings
  • Agenda
  • Resolutions
  • Subcommittees
  • Voting
  • Minutes (including an example)

Recommended trainer

David Martin

As a Director and Secretary of one of the top 250 listed PLCs, for nearly ten years David was responsible for a range of disciplines, including personnel, property and insurance, as well as statutory and legal requirements and corporate/internal communications (three of his annual reports won national awards).

Following a takeover, David founded his own consultancy, Buddenbrook, which has carried out various projects for a range of clients, large and small, for the last 30 years. He has been an employer’s representative on Employment Tribunals.

He is a regular seminar and conference speaker on company and employment law and personal skills and has written over 60 business books, some of which have been published by Thorogood. The ‘clear communication’ themes of many of his seminars are reflected in his books, many of which have been translated into several foreign languages as well as being available in all English speaking markets in the world.

David Martin

David Martin FCIS, FCIPD, FIoD has many years’ experience as a listed PLC Company Director and Secretary, consultant and author. For over 30 years he has run his own consultancy, Buddenbrook, carrying out projects for a range of clients, large and small, and has been a CBI member of the Employment Tribunals panel.

He is a regular seminar speaker and author of over 50 books including One Stop Company Secretary [The Institute of Chartered Secretaries] and The Company Director’s Desktop Guide and Discrimination Law and Employment Issues [Thorogood].

More details

We don't have any currently scheduled dates for this course but we can customise it to your requirements and deliver it on an in-house basis for any number of your staff or colleagues.

See below or contact us to discuss yor requirements.


  • AGCO Ltd
  • Ahlstrom Chirnside Ltd
  • Allianz Insurance plc
  • Allied London Properties Ltd
  • Amari Plastics Plc
  • Andreas Stihl Ltd
  • Andrew Martin Consulting
  • Anglia Components Ltd
  • Assured Guaranty
  • AVEVA Group PLC
  • Baggaley Construction Ltd
  • Bakkavor Foods Ltd
  • Barhale Construction plc
  • Bechtel Ltd
  • Begbies Traynor Group plc
  • Beringea
  • Bioregional Development Group
  • British Arab Commercial Bank Ltd
  • British Standards Institution
  • Britvic
  • Brown Brothers Wines (Europe) Ltd
  • Calor Gas Ltd
  • Capital One Bank
  • Carbon Trust
  • CB&I UK Limited
  • CB&I UK Ltd
  • Celtic plc
  • Ceuta Healthcare Ltd
  • CH2M Hill
  • City University
  • Claimar Care Group plc
  • Clink Ltd
  • Cobbetts Solicitors
  • Commercial First Mortgages Ltd
  • Compass Group UK & Ireland Ltd
  • Computacenter (UK) Ltd
  • Compuware Ltd
  • Convatec Ltd
  • Corgi
  • Course Academy
  • Cranswich PLC
  • Danone
  • Dawnay, Day PanTerra Ltd
  • De Montfort University
  • Derichebourg Multiservices Ltd
  • DNV Det Norske Veritas
  • Dobson T/A Dunleavy
  • DVB Bank AG
  • DVB Bank SE
  • EA Consulting Group Ltd
  • EADS UK Ltd
  • Educational Recording Agency Ltd
  • Equity Insurance Group
  • EYGS LLP (Ernst & Young Global)
  • First Data
  • Flakt Woods Ltd
  • Flight Centre
  • Fresenius Medical Care Ltd
  • Gallaher Limited
  • Gallaher Ltd
  • Gerrard Ltd
  • Glencore UK Ltd
  • Gucci Group
  • H Weston & Sons Ltd
  • Hazell Carr PLC
  • HBOS Financial Services Ltd
  • Highview Enterprises Ltd
  • ICI R & IB
  • IGT-UK Group
  • IMI Awards
  • Infotech Enterprises Europe Ltd
  • ITV plc
  • IX Services Ltd
  • John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Kinnarps UK Ltd
  • Knowledge Pool Group Ltd
  • Laiki Bank
  • Lakeland Ltd
  • Lea Redway Ltd
  • Lebara UK
  • Leonardo MW Ltd
  • LifeArc
  • Lloyds Register EMEA
  • London Borough Bexley
  • London Borough of Southwark
  • London United Busways
  • MAF UK
  • Mansell Construction Services Ltd
  • Marex Financial Ltd
  • Mattioli Woods plc
  • MGN Ltd
  • Michael Page International
  • Morgan Sindall PLC
  • Motor Sports Association Ltd
  • Munich Re General Services Ltd
  • National Farmers Union
  • National Magazine Company
  • NERC
  • Nifco UK Ltd
  • Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
  • Nutrition Point
  • Palletways (UK) Ltd
  • Parkwood Holdings Plc
  • Phase Eight (Fashion & Designs) Ltd
  • Pindar Group
  • Platform Home Loans Ltd
  • Precision Disc Castings Ltd
  • Prospects Services Ltd
  • RAL Ltd
  • Reed Learning
  • RHM Group Ltd
  • Rowford Process
  • Royal Yachting Association
  • RWE Dea UK Holdings Ltd
  • SABMiller plc
  • Sea Space
  • Sergo Plc
  • Shine Ltd
  • Somerfield Stores Ltd
  • State Securities plc
  • Statkraft UK Ltd
  • Structure-Flex Ltd
  • Teva UK Ltd
  • The Broker Network Ltd
  • The Express Park Development Group
  • The Lawn Tennis Association
  • The Link Asset & Securities Co Ltd
  • The Technologies Group LTD
  • THQ (UK) LTD
  • Towers Perrin
  • Trainlinecom Ltd
  • Transport for London
  • Trinity House
  • United Biscuits
  • Universal Salvage plc
  • University of Southampton
  • Virgin Management Ltd
  • Visa Europe
  • VTB Bank Europe Plc
  • Waste Recycling Group plc
  • Wedlake Bell
  • Western Asset Management
  • Williams Grand Prix Engineering Ltd
  • Wright Solutions
  • Yorkshire Water Services Ltd


  • Belgacom Skynet


  • Nextzon Business Services Ltd


  • Deloitte & Touche CIS ZAO


  • JT International SA

Multiple colleagues?
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Run this course conveniently and cost-effectively in-house for your staff and colleagues

Aleksandra BEER
Training expert

+44 (0)20 7749 4749