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August 9th 2017 / BY: Wisteria

What are the duties of a director and a shareholder?

A director is a legal requirement when a company in the UK is formed.

If the company only has one director he/she:

  • must be a natural person.
  • must be at least 16 years old.
  • must not be disqualified from being a director previously by a court.
  • must not be an un-discharged bankrupt. This means that he or she must be going through the process of bankruptcy.

The second director or a company can be another limited company.

A director’s powers and duties are laid out in the company’s articles of association.

General duties of a director/shareholder

Directors have a duty to that promotes the success of the company. This means that they cannot have conflicting interests, must act with a certain degree of skill and in good faith.

Specific duties of a director/shareholder

Directors are in charge of running the day-to-day business of a company and their responsibilities can be wide-ranging. Typically these responsibilities:

  • Ensuring that accounts are properly kept. This includes records of incomings and outgoings. Failure to do this can lead to imprisonment.
  • Ensuring that company accounts and annual reports are submitted within the deadline.
  • Ensuring that the company adheres to the Data Protection principles laid down by the Data Protection Act 1998.
  • Ensuring a compulsory VAT registration is carried out when the company’s turnover reaches £85,000.
  • Ensuring VAT payments are made within the set deadline to the HMRC.
  • Ensuring all employment law and regulations are adhered to.
  • Keeping a register of the directors. Failure to do so may result in a fine.

A director is an important part of any company and laws and regulations are in place to ensure that he/she acts in the interest of the company.

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