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The Company Secretary's Handbook By Helen Ashton

The Company Secretary's Handbook
by Helen Ashton

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A practical guide to the duties and responsibilities of a company secretary, including all the basic aspects of compliance required by the Companies Act.
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The Company Secretary's Handbook: A Guide to Statutory Duties and Responsibilities by Helen Ashton

All public and private limited companies are required by law to appoint a company secretary. This is a practical handbook designed to help newly appointed company secretaries do their job efficiently and comply with Company Law. The secretary, as an officer of the company, may be criminally liable for defaults, and errors can lead to civil penalties. This invaluable desk top companion will help anyone get to grips with all the basic aspects of compliance required by the Companies Act. This fully revised new edition of The Company Secretary's Handbook is a comprehensive, jargon-free guide to the main responsibilities of a company secretary. Up-to-date with all the latest legislation, it also includes useful addresses and examples of the necessary official documentation. The Company Secretary's Handbook helps anyone setting up a company or acting as a company secretary get it right from the start - preventing problems arising during the day-to-day administration, and avoiding potentially costly omissions.

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About Helen Ashton

Helen Ashton BA, FCIS, is a chartered secretary and the Head of Compliance of the Company Secretarial Department at Ernst & Young.

Table of Contents

1. Duties of a company secretary 3 2. Types of company 10 Public limited companies 11; Private limited companies 13; Companies limited by guarantee 14; Other types of company 15; The limits of liability 17 3. Formation of companies 19 Checking company names 19; How to check a name 20; Incorporation 22; Buying a company off the shelf 24; Memorandum and Articles of Association 25; Trade mark registration of a name 28 4. Getting started 29 The registered office 29; Disclosure - notepaper 30; Company notepaper 30; Directors and secretaries 34; The first allotments - subscriber shares 57; Opening a bank account 57; Selecting an accounting reference date 58; Choosing an auditor 59 5. Corporate governance and day-to-day administration 60 Board meetings 60; Keeping the minutes 66; Statutory books and notices to Companies House 67; Corporate governance 74 6. Keeping the statutory records 77 The registers - computer or manual 80; Security 81 7. Annual routines 83 Accounts/financial statements 84; Annual general meeting 88; Annual return forms 90 8. Extraordinary events 93 Resolutions 93; Board changes 97; Share transactions 98; Dividends 100; Registration of mortgages and charges 102; Resolving to change the company name 103; Changing Memorandum and Articles of Association 103; Changing auditors 106 9. Dissolution 109 Dissolution of a dormant company 109 Appendices Appendix 1. Copies of Companies House forms referred to in the text 112 Appendix 2. Useful addresses 152 Appendix 3. Deregulation of private companies 154

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The Company Secretary's Handbook: A Guide to Statutory Duties and Responsibilities by Helen Ashton
Helen Ashton
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