The Role of the Company Secretary: Part 1

The essential one-day course for secretaries of companies incorporated under UK law. 9am - 5pm. Central London.


Effective company secretaries are more valuable than ever. But that value depends on up-to-date skills, contacts and expertise. This course is an essential primer for newcomers – or the perfect refresher for secretaries seeking to deepen their involvement and value.

What you get

Confidence comes from knowledge. By the end of the course you will understand:

  • Your legal responsibilities under the Companies Act
  • The statutory records you must keep – and what goes to Companies House
  • Your role in company decision-making and advising the board
  • The tools and resources to ensure that the correct procedures should are followed

You will also receive:

  • A Delegate Pack containing comprehensive course notes and presentation slides
  • An ICSA Certificate to show you have attended the course
  • 6 months complimentary professional subscription of ICSA (see below)
  • 6.5 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. 

Go further – and save 15% on this course

This course is complemented by The Role of the Company Secretary: Part 2. Save 15% when you book both courses. Call 020 7580 4741 or contact us to find out more.

Special Offer: Get 30% off your copy of The ICSA Company Secretary's Checklists, 10th edition

Delegates to this course get the chance to buy the accompanying book at a 30% discount. Usually £49.95, available for you at £35.00 

For more info about our books, please visit the shop.


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9:00   Registration & tea/coffee

9:15   The role of the company secretary

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  • The role of the secretary under UK company law
  • Core duties and potential liabilities
  • The secretary’s position within the corporate governance structure

10:15   Company secretarial procedures

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  • Matters governing company secretarial procedures, including: Companies Act 2006 and companytypes, Articles of Association and shareholder agreements, Governance structure and codes of practice

10:45   Tea/coffee

11:00   Statutory forms, registers and records

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  • What has to be filed at Companies House and when

12:45  Lunch

13:30  Statutory registers and records

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  • Statutory registers and records that a company must keep
  • Who has a right to inspect or request copies of them
  • Share transfers

15:00  Tea/coffee

15:15  Company identity and execution of documents

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  • Registered office, letterheads and nameplates requirements
  • Changing a company name
  • Methods by which a company can execute documents

15:45   The secretary’s role in company decision-making

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  • How to work out whether members’ approval is required
  • How to work out whether a matter is within the remit of the board
  • The mechanisms by which the appropriate approval may be obtained
  • Potential consequences of not following proper procedures
  • Basic components and purpose of the minutes

16:30  Directors’ duties

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  • Explaining the duties of directors
  • Helping the directors to avoid acting in breach of those duties

17:00 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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The course was well structured and run. I am looking forward to Part 2.
Lee Watson, Project Manager, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

The course has presented a wealth of knowledge in an easy digestible manner, thanks to Andy who had excellent presentation skills to keep it lively. This course has provided me with excellent insight into the role of the company secretary in the UK.
Dayana Satria, Senior Associate, Singapore Exchange Limited



£665 + VAT (Non-members)
£599 +VAT (Professional subscribers)
£510 + VAT (ICSA members)
£335 + VAT (ICSA students)

Next course: 19 September 2018
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Location: Saffron House, 6-10 Kirby St, London, EC1N 8TS


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