• Directors’ statutory duties and the company secretary’s role in securing the observance of such duties
  • Stakeholder engagement and the implementation of appropriate procedures for stakeholder engagement consistent with s.172 of the Companies Act 2006
  • Whistleblowing policies for companies and their boards which meet expectations under current law and practice on whistleblowing (or ‘speaking out’) in the UK
  • Policies and procedures to prevent bribery in line with s.7(2) of the Bribery Act 2010, and the implications of the first contested case under this sub-section in 2018
  • ‘Failure to prevent’ offences and the implications for companies of the Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) procedure
  • Reporting obligations, including strategic reports and reporting of governance arrangements (also covering the application of the Wates Principles for large private companies)
  • Internal audit and its function
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