Company Secretarial - 2021 Virtual Conference
Chaired by Jackie Sheldon, this live broadcast conference with a panel of leading experts offers a comprehensive update as to the current hot topics in this fast-moving area.
Each session will provide a full opportunity for questions and answers.
This live and interactive 5 hour conference will cover the following:
10:00am-11:00am: AGMs - COVID-19 & Beyond
Chair: Jackie Sheldon, Solicitor and Senior Lecturer
Four out of five FTSE 350 companies held their AGMs behind closed doors in the months following the first UK lockdown in March 2020.
The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the current issues and inflexibilities of the law governing general meetings.
This session will look at the current legal requirements, guidance available, emerging trends and will look to the future.
The session will cover:
- A short recap on the legal requirements under CA 2006 for an AGM
- Chartered Governance Institute guidance issued during the 2020 AGM season (together with additional Q and A published)
- Listed company trends during the 2020 AGM season (reflecting the guidance issued)
- Temporary legislation (and BEIS Q and A)
- Virtual AGMS (including pros/cons, investor views and practical issues to consider)
- Information from a world leading provider of virtual AGMs
- Hybrid AGMs
- GC100 consultation paper - shareholder meetings - time for change (February 2021)
- Share Action Group view of the future of the AGM (February 2021)
- Any other current developments
11:10am-12:10pm: Private Company Shares, Officers & Articles - Latest Developments
David Impey, Solicitor
This session will cover latest and upcoming company law developments affecting private company shares, officers and constitutions.
It will cover:
- Shares, shareholders and share transactions
- Directors and other officers, including de facto and shadow directors
- Articles of Association and shareholder agreements, including the latest position on relational contracts and implied duties of good faith, bad leavers and more
- Upcoming law and proposals for reform
12:10pm-1:10pm: The Proposed Corporate Transparency & Register Reforms
Jackie Sheldon, Solicitor and Senior Lecturer
During 2020 and 2021, the Government has been undertaking consultations in relation to proposals to radically change the nature of the Companies House Register.
This session will update you as to the likely impact of these reforms, including:
- Identity verification for directors, PSCs and those filing information at Companies House
- Extension of Companies House powers to investigate, corroborate, reject, amend and/or remove information
- Protection of personal information
- Reform of company accounts
- Other proposals to enhance transparency and tackle abuse such as the introduction of new systems to cross-reference data and make dissolved company records since 2010 available
Break for lunch
2:00pm-3:00pm: The Future of Corporate Reporting
Liz Miles, Company Secretary, Landsec
This session will look at trends in reporting coming out of 2021 annual reports and look ahead to the latest proposals from the FRC on how annual reports might change in the future.
3:15pm-4:15pm: The Role of the Company Secretary when Insolvency Looms
Stephen Allinson, Solicitor
Sadly, not all companies flourish and succeed, and this has been particularly so in the recent challenging economic times we have faced.
This session will look at legal and practical issues for the company secretary when financial difficulties arise.
Topics covered will include:
- Recognising the warning signs of insolvency
- Understanding the insolvency landscape and the consequences of different regimes
- Duties and responsibilities of company officers if insolvency intervenes
- Personal liability - are there any risks for the company secretary?
- Director disqualification - not the company secretary surely?
Recording of live sessions: Soon after the Learn Live session has taken place you will be able to go back and access the recording - should you wish to revisit the material discussed.