Covid-19 – end of certain relaxations for companies

Some of the relaxations afforded to companies to help them with administrative issues during the pandemic are no longer, or will shortly cease to be, available. Shareholder meetings The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (CIGA) contains provisions that temporarily relaxed the company meeting requirements in the Companies Act 2006 and allowed shareholder meetings to … Read more

Spring Budget 2021 – our briefing

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has delivered his second Budget. The exceptional circumstances of the past year have forced the Chancellor to tread a fine line between revenue raising and continuing to support struggling businesses, individuals, and the fragile economic recovery. The main fiscal measure of note was the announcement of a 6% … Read more

ICSA guidance on 2021 AGM season

ICSA: The Chartered Governance Institute (ICSA) has published guidance for companies in connection with the 2021 AGM season. The guidance discusses a number of legal and practical issues in relation to holding AGMs in 2021, including: Planning a meeting – The guidance states that companies should plan to hold shareholder meetings based on the restrictions … Read more

Annual general meetings – GC100 discussion paper

The GC100, the association of general counsel and company secretaries of FTSE 100 companies, has published a discussion paper on shareholder meetings, titled “Shareholder Meetings – Time for Change?”. The paper reviews the current format of annual general meetings (AGMs). It notes the typically low attendance and participation rates at physical meetings and that very … Read more

Consolidated corporate Covid-19 update

This Covid-19 update briefing contains a summary of changes in corporate law and regulation made in the course of last year in connection with Covid-19. Please click here to see the briefing. Read more

Consolidated corporate update July to December 2020

We have published our half-yearly update briefing which summarises the major developments in UK corporate law and regulation that have occurred over the last six months, that is from July to December 2020, and which are of relevance to UK listed companies. The briefing is available here. Read more

Consultations on corporate transparency and Companies House

BEIS has published three consultation papers setting out proposed reforms in relation to increasing the powers of Companies House, improving the financial information which is filed with Companies House and implementing a ban on corporate directors. These consultations follow the Government’s consultation on options to enhance the role of Companies House and increase the transparency of UK corporate entities in 2019 … Read more