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Welcome to Corporate governance

Establishing and embedding good corporate governance is crucial to the effective operation of any organisation and the accountability of the organisation and its members or officers and subsidiary bodies.

On the flipside, getting your corporate governance wrong can cause your organisation or its members or officers – and you – serious damage both financially and reputationally.

Our commercial team has many years’ experience advising organisations of all sizes and in all sectors on corporate governance issues.

These may arise from the rules affecting the legal structure such as the Companies Act or the Limited Liabilities Partnerships Act or the underlying legal and administrative principles applying to the public or private sector.

We can help you to negotiate your way through the maze of rules and regulations surrounding the issues in order to plot a firm course to a system of corporate governance that works for you and your organisation.

We can advise on everything from the rights and responsibilities of officers, observers and members and reporting lines through to rules and procedures for decision making, conflicts of interest, accounting for benefits and stakeholder rights.

We also recognise the need to adapt governance arrangements for those in receipt of grants and/or operating in the public sector realm.

Our approach is to maximise clarity without sacrificing your mission or function, ensuring that each part of your organisation knows how it relates to the whole and how it is accountable.

As a full service Top 100 law firm, we can call on experts in a wide range of disciplines to ensure that you get a 360 degree view on corporate governance and legal requirements and that all angles are covered so that the solution we devise is right for your organisation.

We also pay close attention to latest thinking and developments in the corporate governance arena, such as the Bribery Act, the Freedom of Information Act, and as applicable the impact of overseas regulations and incorporate that into our advice.

Our services include advice on:

  • Codes of conduct
  • Director disqualification
  • Disclosure and transparency
  • Drafting articles, rules and shareholder, LLP and partnership agreements
  • Member, officer and trustee training
  • Non-executive directors
  • Officer and member roles and responsibilities
  • Procurement
  • Rights and treatment of shareholders and members of partnerships and LLPs
  • Unfair prejudice claims
  • Vires issues

For more details on how we can help you with your corporate governance needs, please get in touch.

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