Course Details

This is a highly practical nuts-and-bolts course for accountants, company secretaries and administrators involved in members’ meetings and other members’ decision-making processes in private limited companies, including informal, unanimous approvals and consents under the Duomatic principle. It will help them understand and apply the relevant Companies Act, case law and best practice rules and recommendations, and observe the articles and nay shareholder agreements, to ensure effective, lawful decisions, negotiating the various pitfalls and solving the tricky issues that can arise.


This course will help accountants understand:


  • When, why and how members’ meetings are called, held and recorded
  • When to use a statutory written resolution instead – the procedures, the pitfalls and their solutions
  • The conditions required for the Duomatic principle to apply to validate company decisions/actions
  • Avoiding the many surprises that can arise under company law statutes, legal rulings, articles and agreements, and custom
  • Special situations and how to handle them


This course will help accountants help members of their company clients to make effective, lawful decisions by understanding and applying the necessary procedures and rules, identifying common problems and avoiding or solving them, and applying the sometimes surprising recent legal rulings where the Duomatic principle has been applied – or not – to avoid shareholder disputes and keep their clients out of the courts.

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CPD Course Speaker

Company Law Solicitor

David Impey

David Impey is a company law solicitor, professional services marketer, writer, and lecturer. His specialities include company law, professional services marketing, strategic planning and implementation, and interactive e-marketing.

As well as specialising in company law, David also works with law firms and other law businesses, helping them with strategy, and marketing, and majoring particularly on overcoming barriers to implementation of strategic and marketing plans and tactics

From 2008 to 2014, he led and worked on a major project for the UK Intellectual Property Office, through Atom Content Marketing (formerly BHP), building and developing an online IP HealthCheck resource that helps small and medium-sized businesses to identify, protect and commercially exploit their intellectual property.

He also worked in-house for 14 fun and profitable years for leading services provider Jordans, becoming Marketing Director responsible for developing, managing and marketing its service and product range. Particularly, he led significant projects to commoditise UK and overseas ‘factory’ professional services and promote them into the UK and other legal markets.

David lectures in the UK and overseas on both UK company law and professional services firm strategy and marketing.