company secretarial services

Why would I need a Shareholders’ agreement to block shareholder decisions?

by Elemental CoSec October 1, 2012 Corporate Law

Shareholders have a very important role in company decision making in terms of making changes to the company’s share capital or to its articles. However, it is only the majority whose vote will succeed. As such, shareholders may want to vary the usual rules of company law. The first instance is shareholders with a minority […]

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When is a company dormant?

by Elemental CoSec March 30, 2012 Commercial Law

We recently had a client that wanted to incorporate a UK company which they hoped would be dormant. There are many advantages to being dormant, you can notify that HM Revenue & Customs that the company is dormant and therefore there is no need to file accounts with them (although you do still need to file […]

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What does a company secretary do?

by Elemental CoSec March 8, 2012 Corporate Law

Since the Companies Act 2006, private companies do not need to have a company secretary appointed unless their articles state otherwise (public companies do have to have a company secretary). However, the company secretarial services still need to be performed and the responsibility for this ultimately falls on the directors. Some of these carry criminal […]

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How do you deal with a trust as a shareholder?

by Elemental CoSec February 21, 2012 Corporate Law

One of the most important responsibilities of a company secretary is to maintain the register of members. The register of members is what determines who the shareholders (or members) of the company are and, hence, who owns the company. In fact, if the register of members is not maintained properly, then a criminal offence is […]

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From Valentine to Corporate Legal Quandries

by Elemental CoSec February 15, 2012 Commercial Law

With Valentine’s Day having just passed us by and people still caught up in the joy of partnership it is perhaps worth casting an eye over the some of the issues around jumping into bed with a partner when it comes to your business. Specifically, some of the corporate legal issues when two or more […]

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