Company Directors

Key contact

Karen Lord


View profile
Let's talk

All companies are required to have at least one director, and a minimum of one individual person (as opposed to other companies) among its directors.

English company law imposes certain duties on directors, such as:

  • Duty to act in accordance with the powers conferred on them by the company’s memorandum and articles of association, the law and the shareholders
  • Duty to promote the success of the company
  • Duty to exercise independent judgement
  • Duty to exercise reasonable care, skill and diligence

In legal proceedings, a person who has not been formally appointed a director and does not appear on the company register, may still be subject to the duties of a director if they undertake the day to day tasks of a director. This is known as a ‘Shadow Director’. Shareholders of organisations who have influence over decisions that the Board of Directors make can also fall into the category of a ‘Shadow Director’ by the law.

A company director has many duties and liabilities for the organisation they lead, and so taking up the position of a director should not be done lightly. For example, directors are not usually personally liable for the company’s obligations to third parties. However, there are exceptions to this, such as if a director has known that the company is insolvent and yet continues to allow the company to incur liabilities. In this instance, a director can become personally liable for obligations incurred. Additionally, the law presumes that a director is fully aware of the activities of a company and ignorance of those activities is no defence against a claim for breach of their duties.

Let's talk

How We Can Help

Healys have extensive experience and expertise in providing practical and commercially realistic advice on the law relating to company directors including in connection with their appointment, removal and day-to-day proceedings.

No items found.

Company Directors Services

Our latest Company Directors deals

Get in touch

Healys lawyers don’t believe in legal jargon, but rather in having straightforward, open discussions, updating you every step of the way on the progress of your case.

Thanks for getting in touch. 
We'll review your query and respond to you shortly.
Oops! Something went wrong.
Please check all the fields are filled and try again
View all News