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Francis Wilks & Jones solicitors have been advising directors on their duties since 2002. We are the leading UK legal experts in this area of the law and can offer a multi disciplinary approach to whatever your question is.

  • Maria Koureas-Jones is the partner who heads up our Director team and she regularly advises directors about their duties and also defends them from a wide variety of claims by liquidators, shareholders, co directors and HMRC.
  • Stephen Downie is partner with extensive experience advising directors. Stephen is also a qualified accountant with particular expertise in complex accounting matters. He previously worked for the Insolvency Service as well, giving him a valuable insight to the working of that government body.
  • Andrew Carter is a partner who regularly advises directors on boardroom and management issues in SME’s – and how to reach an amicable solution when problems arise.
  • Andy Lynch is an expert on any HMRC issues and is able to assist on any complex tax related matters. Before joining FWJ, Andy spent 18 years at HMRC in the special investigations team and regularly defends directors and shareholders from a variety of claims.

In addition to the above experts, we have a dedicated team of other solicitors at FWJ with experience advising directors and working with other trusted third party professionals such as accountants and tax advisers.

Over the ten years we have worked together, FWJ continue to achieve exceptional results year on year. Andy Wilks and the team have been a pleasure to work with and have always provided pragmatic, commercial and accurate advice on a wide range of matters. FWJ have become an integral part of our business and we cannot recommend them highly enough.

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Directors Duties – an overview

What are the key duties of a director?
What is the role of a director in a company?
What are the responsibilities of directors?
What are fiduciary duties?
What are the 7 duties of a director?
What are the main risks directors face?
What are examples of poor conduct by directors?
What are the responsibilities for filing at Companies House?

Directors’ Duties and company law

What is the legal framework governing directors’ duties?
How are directors’ duties enforced?
What are the penalties for breaching directors’ duties?
How do directors comply with statutory duties?
What are the statutory duties of directors?
What are the reporting obligations for directors?

What are the different types of directors and their roles?

What is a de jure director?
What is a de facto director?
What is a shadow director?
What is a non-executive director?
How do the roles of different types of directors interact?

How does corporate governance affect directors?

What is corporate governance?
How does corporate governance ensure accountability?
How should directors manage company finances?
How should directors account for tax?
What are the key principles of corporate governance?
What is the purpose of corporate governance?
Why is corporate governance important to investors?

What is the role and function of the board of directors?

What are the duties of the board of directors?
What is the role of the board of directors?
How does the board of directors make decisions?
What is the structure of a board of directors?
How should board performance be evaluated?
What are the duties and responsibilities of board members?
What are the 10 basic responsibilities of board members?

Non-Executive Directors

What is the role of a non-executive director?
Responsibilities of a non-executive director
Importance of a Non-Executive Director
Dangers and risks of being a Non-Executive Director
Benefits of being a non-executive director
How can Non-Executive Directors add value to a company?
Can Non-Executive Directors be liable?

What are the potential liabilities of directors?

What are directors liable for?
How can directors mitigate their liabilities?
What are the legal consequences of director misconduct?
How does insurance protect directors from liability?
What are the common pitfalls leading to director liability?

How should directors deal with company insolvency problems?

What is company insolvency?
How do director duties change with insolvency?
What are the early warning signs of insolvency?
What steps should directors take during insolvency?
How can directors protect themselves during insolvency?
What is the liability of directors in insolvency?

Resignation of a director

What is the effect of a resignation as director?
How should a director resign properly?
What are the legal implications of resigning as a director?
What are the financial consequences of resignation?
How can a resigning director ensure a smooth transition?

Key contacts

Maria Koureas-Jones

Maria Koureas-Jones


Andrew Carter

Andrew Carter


Stephen Downie

Stephen Downie


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