Directors' Liabilities

18 December 2019

Is the FRC considering whether Sarbanes-Oxley should cross the waters?

The general election is now over, and Parliament has more time to deal with matters other than Brexit. The spotlight has therefore returned to corporate governance, with The Sunday Times reporting that the FRC is developing a “British version of Sarbanes-Oxley”. It reported that this would “heap more responsibility on to directors, asking them to vouch regularly for the integrity of their financial controls and – if passed into law in the UK – opening the possibility of criminal proceedings against chief executives and finance directors for reporting misleading statements to the market.”

Christina Orthodoxou

11 December 2019

A change of direction in director disqualification for breaches of competition law?

The recent practice of regulators – and the potential for future developments – means that company directors need to be increasingly aware of the risks associated with competition law compliance.

Jonathan Grimes

27 November 2019

No man is an island, but being a sole director might come close

Up to now you’ve been operating as a sole trader. Your business is growing, your contracts are becoming more lucrative, and you want to limit your potential personal liability. You decide it’s time to incorporate a company and join the other 4 million private limited companies on the UK Company Register.

Luke Gregory

15 November 2019

The role of a Financial Director – a life in the spotlight

BBC news alerts on our phones seem to be constant these days.  There is of course the small issue of Brexit which is keeping journalists occupied.  However, the state of the economy also features heavily in the news: large corporate collapses have dominated the headlines in recent times.

Julie Matheson

30 September 2019

Unfair prejudice petitions: can a director’s breach of duty bar their claim?

Treating a director who is a minority shareholder fairly in both their involvement in the management of a company and in any offers to acquire their shares is of paramount importance to defeating an unfair prejudice petition.

Richard Foss

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