Company law and corporate governance

UK company law can be complex, involving a mixture of statutory provisions, regulations and codes of practice. It is vital that corporations large and small understand and can demonstrate compliance.

We offer advice on general corporate law compliance and corporate governance to public and private companies and limited liability partnerships, including advice to companies and boards on the Companies Acts and related regulations.

We advise on conflicts of interest, self-dealing, director’s duties and shareholders rights and the drafting of companies' articles and other constitutional documents to ensure compliance with the Companies act and relevant codes of conduct.  Given the rise in litigation and in shareholder activism, it’s more important than ever that boards understand their duties and powers and that articles and other governing documents are carefully drafted and align to actual and best practice in the way in which an organisation is actually run. 

We provide a bespoke boardroom training service to corporates both public and private on these issues and related matters including as to the availability of and limits to Directors and Officer’s insurance.

Public sector

Governance is a key area of concern for all public and quasi-public sector bodies, local authorities, universities, charities, registered providers, police authorities, fire and rescue authorities and health trusts.

We can help you adapt to new legislative requirements, best practice and Corporate Performance Assessment achievement and bring together governance, internal control, risk management, legal awareness and compliance in the way that suits you best. We offer comprehensive in house training on corporate governance and directors duties.

Our depth of knowledge throughout the public sector enables us to provide in-depth advice on joint working arrangements. As a major national practice, we can draw on the special expertise of our corporate team to help you set up partnerships, joint ventures and innovative structures for joint service delivery. Our public sector governance advice offers a joined up seamless service such that corporate structures are consistent with regulatory, procurement and state aid considerations.

When is a document a deed?

In the case of Katara Hospitality v Guez and Rose, the court ruled that a document expressed as being a power of attorney was not validly executed as…

Michael Budd Associate
Company restoration: Time limit removed for insurers

Insurers will now be able to bring proceedings in the name of companies no matter when they were dissolved.

Michael Budd Associate

Avoid a contractual own goal - the importance of entire agreement clauses

Associate Michael Budd looks at the importance of clarity when drafting entire agreement clauses

Michael Budd Associate

LEGAL COMMENT: Court of Appeal rules against Serious Fraud Office in landmark legal privilege case

In a case watched closely by both the legal and corporate industries, mining group ENRC has won a legal victory against the Serious Fraud Office..

Mark Surguy
Mark Surguy Partner

Dealing with sale proceeds of a business

A look at the personal estate planning issues which arise following a sale and the tax implications of selling your business.

Richard Bate
Richard Bate Partner

Preparing your company for sale

Kieran Donovan explores the ways in which business owners can maximise the value of their business and provides tips on developing an exit strategy.

Kieran Donovan
Kieran Donovan Partner

The employee shareholder

A look at some of the benefits, as well as some of the associated practical considerations, for businesses which are considering bringing employees…

Haydn Rogan
Haydn Rogan Partner

The family shareholder

All business owners have families and family concerns, but not all owners bring their family members into share ownership with them. This can add…

Fiona Turner
Fiona Turner Partner

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