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Commercial Court: shareholders' agreement did not impose duties on company director

Those drafting commercial contracts must be aware that company directors will not necessarily be subject to the same duties as the companies that they represent following a recent commercial court decision, a litigation expert has said. 27 Feb 2015

Lord Browne: future of energy industry depends on leaders 'learning from mistakes of the past'

Large energy companies should take the lead on action to tackle climate change, rather than wait for or even resist government intervention, according to Lord Browne of Madingley, the former chief executive of BP. 19 Feb 2015

Out-Law Guides

  • Issues for directors and bank ring-fencing

    This is one of a  series of guides  on issues connected to ring-fencing and banking reform faced by banks. Other guides cover issues such as tax, real estate, employment, pensions, litigation, third party contracts and competition considerations....

  • Disclosure in the accounts of a director's interests in contracts

    This guide is based on UK law as at 1st February 2010, unless otherwise stated. Where a company or any of its subsidiaries enters into a transaction with a director of the company, the rules on...

  • Directors' contracts with listed companies

    This guide is based on UK law as at 1st February 2010, unless otherwise stated. If a company’s shares are traded on the main market of the London Stock Exchange there is a further set of requiremen...

  • Indemnity and insurance protection for directors

    This article is based on UK law as at 1st February 2010, unless otherwise stated. To what extent can a company protect its directors from some of the liabilities outlined in our guides to directors...

  • Directors' duties: Duty to promote the success of the company

    This guide is based on UK law as at 1st February 2010, unless otherwise stated. Two examples that pre-date the Companies Act 2006 serve to illustrate the kind of thinking the government expects fro...

  • Directors' duties: Decision taking and reord keeping

    This guide is based on UK law as at 1st February 2010, unless otherwise stated. The requirement under the code of duties to pay regard to six specific factors of responsible business behaviour (see...

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Director loses appeal against FCA fine and ban in conflict of interest case

A non-executive director who failed to declare a conflict of interest has lost her appeal against the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which had fined her £154,800 and banned her from holding a regulated financial services role. 13 Jan 2015

Expert cautions against "complacency" as second UK company acquitted of corporate manslaughter

Companies should not be complacent about the risk of prosecution for deaths caused by their failures despite the acquittal of the second company to face a corporate manslaughter charge, an expert has said. 30 Jun 2014