This full-day course will provide you with an up-to-date review of law and regulation as it affects companies and directors in the UK, based on recent changes in statute law and regulation as well as new cases. It will also examine selected areas of existing law of continuing significance to practitioners and others. Topics may relate to private and public or listed companies, or both, as well as to partnerships and other organisations in the commercial world.
Whether you are a legal practitioner or non-legal professional, an overseas lawyer starting work in England or Wales, or an individual returning from a career break, this course puts you in touch with a range of issues in company law and regulation of current significance, and provides the opportunity to revise and update your knowledge in some key areas.
The course will cover topics and issues arising under the Companies Act 2006, and other legislation affecting companies and directors, including the Small Business, Enterprise & Employment Act 2015 (SBEEA), the Insolvency Act 1986 and the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986, associated regulation and case law, and important developments in corporate governance.
Specific topic areas will vary depending on circumstances at the time when the course is presented, but will include:
- New types of corporate structure (including the new Private Fund LPs)
- Directors’ duties: recent case law
- Changes to company law and practice as a result of the implementation of SBEEA
- How the Persons of Significant Control (PSC) Register regime works following the implementation of the Fourth Money Laundering Directive
- A consideration of the proposals for a beneficial ownership register for foreign companies owning UK property
- Recent reporting issues for larger companies (including Payment Practices and Performance (new for October 2017), Gender Pay Gap (April 2018) and the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (new guidance))
- Corporate crimes (including offences under the Bribery Act 2010 and Fraud Act 2006, Deferred Prosecution Agreements and the new corporate crime of failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion)
- Insolvency, administration and director disqualification: the new compensation orders
- Government initiatives to reform corporate governance of both listed and unlisted companies, including the proposed new Corporate Governance Code, the ICSA/IA Guidance on engaging the stakeholder voice in board decision-making and the IA’s public register of significant votes against AGM resolutions
- Other recent developments in law, regulation and practice
- A brief overview of hot topics such as the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
- Horizon-scanning (for example, the Prospectus Regulation, the Shareholder Rights Directive, FCA consultations, the proposed changes to the AIM Rules)