Company Secretarial Practice for Support Staff

A beginners' guide to company law and the duties of the company secretary. 9am - 4.30pm. Central London.


Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, we have converted our classroom training courses into virtual training courses. Due to the regulations around social distancing, we have put all of our classroom training on hold until early 2021. Once these dates are open for booking you will find them listed below.  But for now, please visit our Virtual Classroom Training section and register for the virtual edition of Company Secretarial Practice for Support Staff.  

What exactly is a company? How is it set up? How does it work? This straightforward course starts from the beginning, using practical examples and exercises. Delegates come away with a thorough grounding in company law and the role of the secretarial team.

Everyone’s at a similar stage and no prior knowledge is assumed.

What you get

By the end of the day you will understand:

  • Company law, and the legal and regulatory framework
  • The roles of the company secretariat
  • Shares, capital and the stock exchange
  • The role, duties and liabilities of directors
  • Techniques and tips on the execution of key compliance tasks, including filing
    statutory documents, keeping registers and organising the company AGM (see the full programme below)

You will also receive:

  • A Delegate Pack containing comprehensive course notes and presentation slides
  • A certificate to show you have attended the course
  • 6 months complimentary professional subscription to the Chartered Governance Institute (see below)
  • 6 hours credit towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) 

Your complimentary 6-month professional subscription

We support our attendees long after they complete the course. Your professional subscription includes a subscription to G+C Magazine, as well as access to briefings, discounts and our knowledge base. 

Get your copy of company Secretary's Checklists, 11th edition and Company Secretary's Handbook, 12th edition

Delegates to this course get the opportunity to buy the accompanying books. For more info about our books, please visit our book shop.


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9:00   Registration & tea/coffee

9:30   Introduction to company law

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  • What is a company?
  • Limited liability
  • Management and ownership
  • How a company works
  • Sources of law

10:45   The company secretary

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  • Status, powers, role and duties of the company secretary
  • Company secretarial department

11:30   Tea/coffee

11:45   Shares, capital and the stock exchange

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  • How companies raise capital
  • Types of shares
  • Debentures and loan stock and loans
  • The role of the stock exchange
  • Buying and selling shares
  • Share transfers

12:45 Lunch

13:30  Statutory books, forms and documents

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  • Filing forms at Companies House
  • Keeping the statutory registers
  • Minute books
  • Accounts
  • Directors' service contracts

14:40  Directors

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  • The role, duties and liabilities of directors
  • Appointment and removal
  • Executive and non-executive directors
  • Board meetings and committees of the board

15:30 Tea/coffee

15:45  Shareholder meetings

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  • Organising an annual general meeting
  • Notice
  • Resolutions
  • Voting
  • Minutes

16:30 Close

Course leader

Andrew C Hamer

Andrew is a Partner of The Mentor Partnership, a consultancy specialising in company secretarial practice, publishing and training.

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Gabrielle Williams Hamer

An ICSA Fellow, Gabrielle has worked in professional practice in the UK and Hong Kong, and as a company secretary for numerous UK and overseas companies, ranging from SMEs to multinationals listed in the FTSE 100.

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A perfect level for me and a great overview of the role of the company secretary.
Lynne Wardle, PA to Company Secretary, Shaftesbury Plc



£705 +VAT (Non-members)
£635 +VAT (Professional subscribers)
£545 +VAT (ICSA members)
£355 +VAT (ICSA students)

Next course: 13 July 2021
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Location: Saffron House, 6-10 Kirby St, London, EC1N 8TS


Later dates are yet to be confirmed

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   +44 (0)20 7580 4741

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   Saffron House, 6–10 Kirby Street, London, EC1N 8TS

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