Investor Activism Boom in the UK

Although not a new concept, shareholder activism has been prominent in the news – and likely in UK Boardrooms – in recent weeks and months. A combination of factors, including Brexit, the pandemic and robust corporate governance, have seen activist investors migrate from a saturated US market to Europe and the UK particularly, with the

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In demand skills for Company Secretaries

Both the permanent and interim job markets for company secretaries have been picking up in recent months and some key skills come up time after time in our clients’ wish-lists. Some seem to be the bread and butter for some cosec and governance professionals, while others require specialist knowledge: Attending and minuting Board and Committee

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Charity Governance Code Update

An updated charity governance code – for charities of all shapes and sizes in England and Wales – was launched last week, following a rigorous consultation between the steering committee and the charity sector earlier in the year. This is a refresh rather than an overhaul of the Code, which however brings about important enhancements

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The Future of AGMs

From mid-March UK regulators realised guidance – behind other countries – encouraging hybrid AGMs but denying a complete virtual move. This was later expanded upon however and new measures were introduced granting greater flexibility. AGMs could now be conducted online, by phone, using only proxy voting or even postponed completely. This new freedom came with

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Recruiting Company Secretaries and Governance professionals during Covid-19

Despite the slight ease of lockdown measures, the return to the office and face-to-face interview processes still seems distant. Although many sectors are struggling and have put recruitment on hold all together, there is still recruitment activity in the governance market both for permanent and interim positions. If anything, secretariats are busier than ever with

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Boards and sustainability; The role of the Company Secretary

The Amazon fires, extreme weather phenomena and the Extinction Rebellion marches in London, prompted by climate change breakdown, biodiversity loss and ecological collapse, have brought the conversation on sustainability to the forefront of the media and the public’s mind. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) and environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors have also been a hot

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