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Welcome to Corporate governance

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

It is also vital when it comes to the accountability of the organisation and its members or officers.

Get your corporate governance wrong and it can cause your business and those associated with it serious damage, both financial and reputational.

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 their respective reporting lines through to rules and procedures for decision making, conflicts of interest, accounting for benefits and stakeholder rights.

Our approach is to maximise clarity without sacrificing your mission or functionality, 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, in areas such as the Bribery Act, the Freedom of Information Act, and the impact of overseas regulations and incorporate that into our advice.

Our services include advice on:

  • Codes of conduct
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Director disqualification
  • Disclosure and transparency
  • Drafting articles, rules and shareholder, LLP and partnership agreements
  • Inter-group agreements
  • Member, officer and trustee training
  • Non-executive directors
  • Officer and member roles and responsibilities
  • Procurement
  • Rights and treatment of shareholders and number 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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