Pound icon 250.00

Calendar icon23 September 2019

Clock icon9:30 am

Location icon Lupton Fawcett LLP,
East Parade,

Module Leader/s: Martin Frost / Daniel Edwards


Company directors play a vital and important role in the economy and the experience of serving on a company board can be a very enjoyable and rewarding experience. However, the duties and responsibilities imposed on directors by law have never been greater and care is required to ensure that directors comply with their duties and avoid incurring personal liability.

This informative and interactive full-day session has been created to provide new and existing directors (as well as senior managers and those considering becoming directors) with a solid understanding of the role, duties and responsibilities that are imposed upon directors and the potential risks if they fail to meet the required standards.  It will assist companies and their boards demonstrate that they have taken positive steps to ensure that their directors have been properly inducted and fully understand their role, know how to manage risks effectively and help significantly reduce the chances of financial and personal penalties arising in the future.

Module aims

This module aims to provide participants with:

  • A thorough introduction to the “General Duties” of company directors set out in the Companies Act 2006 together with a summary of the other key areas of law that can impose legal duties and liabilities on directors;
  • An understanding of the risks facing directors and the penalties and liabilities that can be incurred;
  • Knowledge of the steps and procedures directors can undertake to protect themselves from personal liability

Learning outcomes 

By the end of this module, participants will:

  • Understand who the law considers to be a “director” and upon whom the legal duties and responsibilities of directors are imposed;
  • Have a good understanding of the statutory General Duties of directors under the Companies Act and an awareness of the different sources from which legal duties can be placed on directors (eg the Insolvency Act 2006, health & safety legislation etc);
  • Understand the minimum level of skill and care that all directors must exercise and the circumstances where a higher standard can be imposed;
  • Be able to recognise conflicts of interest and understand how to utilise disclosure and ratification procedures to prevent directors breaching their duties in this complex area;
  • Understand to whom directors owe their duties, how they can be enforced and what steps companies and their boards can take to manage or minimise these risks and protect directors from incurring personal liability.

The Role of Company Directors: Duties, Responsibilities & Liabilities: Course Agenda

9:30 am Coffee & Registration
9:45 – 10:00 am Introduction to the day and round the room intros
10:00 – 10:15 am Who is a director?

  • Qualifications / Disqualifications
  • Executive v Non-Executive
  • Shadow and de facto directors
10:15 – 10:30 am Group work – Director or Not?
10:30 – 11:30 am General Duties under Companies Act 2006

  • Background and review of general duties
  • Duty to promote the success of the Company
  • Standard of skill and care
  • Conflicts of interest and disclosure of interests
  • To who are duties owed
  • Enforcement of duties
  • Remedies
11:30 – 11:45 am Coffee Break 
11:45 am – 12:45 pm Group Work – Duties
12:45 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:00 Duties imposed by the Insolvency Act

  • Wrongful trading
  • Fraudulent trading
  • Transactions at under-value
  • Preferences
14:00 – 14:45 Group work and case studies
14:45 – 15:15 Regulatory Offences

  • Health & Safety
  • Corporate manslaughter 
15:15 – 15:30 Best Practice and how boards can minimise the risks
15:30 – 16:00 Summary and Any Questions

The cost

Our standard charge is £250 plus VAT per delegate for a full day course if it is being held at our premises or a venue close to our offices.

Should you require the course to be held in-house at your premises, then the fee would be £2,500 plus VAT for up to 12 attendees.  Plus travel and hotel costs if applicable.

If you are interested in booking a place, click the ‘Book here’ button at the top of the page to register and pay online. Otherwise for enquiries please contact our Event Manager.

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