Certificate in Company Secretarial Law and Practice (Ireland)

The Companies Act 2014 required company directors of all companies appoint a “suitably qualified” individual to the company secretary position. ICSA has partnered with the Law Society of Ireland to deliver and jointly award a Certificate in Company Secretarial Law and Practice. Through this partnership, we are able to bring together the educational infrastructure of the Law Society of Ireland and the professional expertise of members of the ICSA Irish Region to prepare ‘suitable qualified’ individuals who are delivering, or expecting to deliver, company secretarial services in Irish organisations.

About

The Certificate in Company Secretarial Law & Practice offers a practical insight into company secretarial requirements in Ireland and provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the company law framework and key corporate governance provisions under the new Companies Act.

Under the expert guidance of a faculty of leading legal practitioners and company secretaries, the course will begin with an overview of Ireland's company law framework. With the opportunity to engage in interactive workshop sessions, all areas of company secretarial practice will be examined in detail and will guide practitioners through precedents, practical tips and checklists. The course will also focus on the procedural requirements of company secretarial practice, with practical sessions on making statutory and other filings to the Company Registration Office and the procedures to be followed to ensure compliance with statutory requirements.

On completion of this course, participants will:

  • be aware of the duties and role of the company secretary
  • gain insight into the latest statutory and procedural developments in company law and company secretarial practice
  • have knowledge of the requirements for incorporating different company types
  • apply corporate governance best practice to an organisation
  • know how to effectively maintain statutory registers
  • understand and complete a company’s filing requirement in the CRO
  • ensure best practice in the running of board meetings, and
  • maintain the share register of a company.

Participants will also benefit from a one year ICSA affiliate membership commencing at the beginning of the course.

Entry

This certificate is for company secretaries and their teams, as well as suitably qualified corporate governance and compliance professionals looking to develop their legal knowledge and practical skills in this area.

The course will also attract solicitors who offer company secretarial services or who advise clients in this area. In addition, it will appeal to in-house lawyers and to those looking to develop their company secretarial skills and knowledge with a view to developing new opportunities and offering new services to existing clients.

Content

The course will cover three key modules as follows:

 

Module 1: Company law and company formation

  • The role and legal duties of the company secretary
  • The Companies Act – structure and key provisions
  • The company incorporation process

Module 2: Annual compliance

  • Maintaining the statutory registers
  • Types of members’ and directors’ resolutions
  • Annual returns and financial statements
  • Corporate governance

Module 3: Transactions

  • Summary approvals procedure
  • Share capital – allotment, variation and transfer
  • Redemption and buyback

Module 4: Wind-up

  • Types of company wind-up
  • Strike-off and restoration
Assessment of this qualification is through an examination.

Study

This course is delivered on site at the Law Society of Ireland and will also be webcast.

Fees

The fee for this qualification is a one-off payment of €1,550, payable to the Law Society of Ireland. This fee includes one year's ICSA affiliate membership commencing at the beginning of the course. 

Apply

For more information, please contact the Course Leader, John Lunney, at  j.lunney@lawsociety.ie.

More info

To find out more about the benefits of studying this course and to apply, please click here or contact the course leader, John Lunney, at  j.lunney@lawsociety.ie.

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