Directors and their Duties

A one-day online course for new directors, board advisors and those seeking to freshen their knowledge. 9am – 3.30pm.


Company directors are more exposed than ever. To regulators. To shareholder action. To the realities of the current business climate.

This essential course covers the director's responsibilities, liabilities and best practice in the boardroom.

What you get

By the end of the day you will understand:

  • Key duties of directors, their power and authority
  • The statutory framework for the role and responsibilities of company directors in the UK (Companies Act 2006)
  • Liabilities, sanctions and indemnities
  • How to deal with conflicts
  • How best to manage the relationship between the company and its shareholders.
  • Good boardroom practice and board relationships
  • Induction, development and performance reviews
  • Current legal issues

You will also receive:

  • A model for assessing the effectiveness of your boardroom practice and identifying areas of weakness
  • A Delegate Pack containing comprehensive course notes and presentation slides
  • A certificate to show you have attended the course
  • 6 months complimentary professional subscription of 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 The Non-Executive Directors' Handbook, 5th edition and Corporate Governance Unlocked

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


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9:00   Registration

9:15   The role in context: the legal and regulatory framework

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  • What is the purpose of company law and how does it apply to directors?
  • What else do you need to be aware of?

10:15   Directors’ duties in the Companies Act 2006

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  • What does the Act have to say about directors’ duties, including conflicts of interest?
  • What are the practical implications for running a company?

11:00   Break

11:15   Directors’ Liabilities

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  • What can go wrong?
  • How can you avoid it?
  • How can you fix it?

12:15   Power and authority

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  • How do you know what you are allowed to do as a director?
  • What are the differences between directors, managers and owners?
  • Case Studies

12:15  Lunch

12:45  Networking

13:00  Case study (in breakout groups)

13:45  Key legal concerns

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  • What else do you need to be thinking about?

14:15  Break

14:30  What makes an effective board?

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  • What does an effective board look like?
  • What does it do and how should it behave?

15:15 Questions and Answers

15:30 Conclusion and close

Course leader

Lorraine Young BSc FCIS ACIArb

Lorraine is a governance professional and accredited mediator who offers board advisory and related consultancy services. She is a non-executive director of City of London Group plc and PHSC plc, both AIM listed companies. Lorraine is a Past President and Fellow of ICSA, the Governance Institute. She has held senior governance roles at a number of FTSE companies. She ran her own company secretarial and corporate governance advisory practice for 13 years, which in 2016 she merged with the company secretarial team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP.

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Really good delivery, lots of anecdotes to illustrated points.
Kate Cox, Legal Administrator, Kimberly-Clark Europe Ltd



£755 +VAT (Non-members)
£685 +VAT (Professional subscribers)
£595 +VAT (ICSA members)
£405 +VAT (ICSA students)

Next course: 25 November 2020
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Location: Virtual


Later dates are yet to be confirmed

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