Duties of a Company Secretary

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  • Published: June 2016
  • Type: Business Information Factsheet
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A company secretary is an officer of the company and, as such, shares the responsibility with the directors to ensure that the company operates within the Companies Act and other relevant legislation. Company secretaries are usually responsible for the general administration of the company, with their specific duties depending upon the size and type of company.

It is not a legal requirement for a private limited company to have a company secretary, although a company can have one if the directors wish, and must have one if the articles of association make reference to the appointment of a company secretary. Public companies must have a company secretary.

The directors of a private company without a company secretary must ensure that these administrative duties, such as maintaining the company's accounts and records and filing documentation with Companies House, are still carried out.

This factsheet outlines the administrative duties commonly performed by company secretaries, including the filing of an annual confirmation statement (which has replaced the annual return) and annual accounts with Companies House.

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