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Advisory & governance

 

We understand that business leaders are under pressure to make difficult but informed decisions quickly and are often challenged after.

Our corporate legal specialists are experienced in convening and structuring board and general meetings, including drafting minutes, advising on director duties and conduct and providing strategic support.  

“Very professional, knowledgeable and accessible lawyers.” 

Chambers and Partners

FAQs – Advisory & governance

Corporate Advisory Services is an umbrella term that encompasses specialised advice given to corporate organisations by professional advisors such as lawyers and accountants. The advice can be anything from: entity establishment to directors duties and conduct, or convening and structuring board and general meetings, drafting minutes, or providing strategic support, and preparing for sale or acquisition.

Corporate Governance is the system by which companies are directed and controlled. Boards of directors are responsible for the governance of their companies. The shareholders’ role in governance is to appoint the directors and the auditors and to satisfy themselves that an appropriate governance structure is in place.

The best practice of corporate governance has been codified in the UK Corporate Governance Code 2018. The Code operates on a ‘comply or explain’ basis.

The Corporate Governance can be separated into five sections:

  1. Board Leadership and Company Purpose
  2. Division of Responsibilities
  3. Composition, Succession and Evaluation
  4. Audit, Risk and Internal Control
  5. Remuneration

Corporate governance is based on five guiding principles:

  1. Accountability
  2. Awareness
  3. Impartiality
  4. Responsibility
  5. Transparency

Although the Code is only mandatory for listed companies, all companies should have appropriate systems, policies and practices in place. Therefore, even though it is not obligatory, many businesses opt to abide with the UK Corporate Governance Code.

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  • 24 January 2024
  • Corporate and M&A

Clarkslegal advises Kinectrics Inc on its acquisition of Cheshire based engineering firm

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  • 24 January 2024
  • Corporate and M&A

Clarkslegal act for Granahan McCourt Capital on acquisition of Strategic Imperatives

Clarkslegal’s corporate team, led by Ashan Arif and Jacob Montague, has advised Granaham McCourt Capital on its multi-million-pound acquisition of Strategic Imperatives.

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  • 19 December 2023
  • Corporate and M&A

Goodbye 2023, hello 2024 and changes to Companies House

As 2023 draws to a close, we look to the future, and it appears changes to corporate law and practice will be enacted next year, under the authority of the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023.

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  • 12 December 2023
  • Corporate and M&A

How to sell my business

Watch Nicky Goringe Larkin, Managing Director at Succession Planning, and Stuart Mullins, Corporate Partner at Clarkslegal, as they discuss selling and buying a business, the options available, and where to get support.

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  • 17 November 2023
  • Corporate and M&A

Should AI delete humans out of the legal sphere?

AI could potentially streamline routine legal tasks. However, there are consequences to consider when it comes to AI in the legal sphere.

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  • 14 November 2023
  • Corporate and M&A

A Brief Reminder of the Separate Legal Personality of Companies, Limited Liability and Derivative Claims

It is long-established under English law that private companies limited by shares have separate legal personality to their shareholders and directors.

“We are very pleased with the support and advice received from on the recent acquisition by BMW Group UK.  With clear, concise and timely advice and management, Ashan and his team helped us navigate through some complex arrangements and seamlessly bridged the gap between the legal and commercial issues”

Amit Kotecha, Senior Legal Counsel – BMW Legal Affairs UK & Ireland 

“I was impressed with the speed, turnaround and frequency of communication in my dealings with Stuart Mullins, in concluding my share purchase.”

Nigel Keene, Managing Director, Whiteknights Estate Agents

Ashan Arif is central to our working relationship – we have a high degree of trust and confidence in his work. He was interested in our business from the outset, clear about the firm’s capability and focus, and has provided high-value and cost-effective support.

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“I had an excellent experience working with Stuart Mullins. He was thoughtful, pragmatic, and extremely efficient. Thank you very much for all your hard work to get the deal across the line.”

Jerry Izard, Director, Independent Optics Ltd

“Stuart and the rest of the team provided expert support during a recent corporate restructuring. We were calmly guided through the complex legal process, and realised significant additional benefits directly related to the advice provided.”

Stefan Zabel, Director, Wood Designer Ltd