The Company Secretary's Desktop Guide

Roger Mason


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This latest edition contains a number of measures that significantly affect company secretaries. Two measures have already come into effect, but the great majority have yet to do so. It is expected that some will come into force in October 2015 and the remainder in April 2016. This Guide reflects the law at the date of publication, with an additional chapter to summarise the forthcoming changes.

In this latest edition Roger Mason again provides accessible, expert guidance for professionals on every aspect of the company secretary’s role, clearly explaining the significance of the new provisions of the Act and ending each chapter with a valuable summary of those changes.

Its detailed Contents section is designed to help you treat this guide as a menu, providing easy access to advice and solutions to particular problems. Packed with check-lists, hints and tips, techniques and warnings, this guide is indispensable. It ends with a set of valuable Appendices including a list of Companies House forms and the new Table A and Table C.


Content Overview

1 The position of the company secretary
2 Directors
3 The statutory registers and execution of documents
4 Accounts and auditors
5 Dividends and interest payments
6 Share capital and shareholders
7 The issue of shares and the reduction of share capital
8 Debentures and loan stock
9 Articles and the company constitution
10 General meetings and members’ resolutions
11 Board meetings and the way that directors make decisions
12 Transfer and transmission of shares
13 Receivership and administration
14 Winding up and striking off
15 The annual return
16 Dealing with Companies House


  • Companies (Tables A to F) Regulations 1985 as amended by SI 2007/2541 and SI 2007/2826:Table A
  • Companies (Tables A to F) Regulations 1985 as amended by SI 2007/2541 and SI 2007/2826:Table C
  • Schedule 1 Model articles for private companies limited by shares
  • Schedule 2 Model articles for private companies limited by guarantee
  • List of statutory forms issued by Companies House

The author

Roger Mason is a Chartered Secretary and a Chartered Certified Accountant, and a highly experienced company director and company secretary. His career has included periods with the Ford Motor Company and ITC Entertainment Ltd, as well as 14 years as Financial Director and Company Secretary of a leading greetings card company.

Roger now presents seminars on company law, the duties of directors, the duties of company secretaries and on financial topics. He has written 16 books. His books for Thorogood include The Company Secretary’s Desktop Guide (now in its ninth edition), 501 Questions and Answers for Company Directors and Company Secretaries (now in its second edition) and The Complete Guide to Debt Recovery.

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