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Companies Act 2006

Section 273: Qualifications of secretaries of public companies

511.This section updates section 286 of the 1985 Act. It makes it the duty of the directors of a public company to ensure that the secretary has both the necessary knowledge and experience and one of the qualifications listed in subsection (2). The qualifications specified in this section are the same as in the 1985 Act except that:

  • they do not include the qualification of having held the office of the company’s secretary (or assistant or deputy secretary) on 22 December 1980;

  • in subsection (3)(f), “Chartered Institute of Management Accountants” replaces “Institute of Cost and Management Accountants” as the Institute changed its name in 1986.

There is no requirement for the company secretary to be a natural person. (Compare the requirement in section 155 that a company must have at least one director who is a natural person.)

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