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The Company Secretary's Handbook: A Guide to Duties and Responsibilities

Academic journal article Manager

The Company Secretary's Handbook: A Guide to Duties and Responsibilities

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The Company Secretary's Handbook: A guide to duties and responsibilities By Helen Ashton Published by Kogan Page Paperback £14.99 ISBN 07494 41194

MOST DIY books focus on putting up shelves or cookery or other practical activities.

This book takes the same pragmatic approach with new areas and I felt the same initial misgivings - compounded by knowing the penalties of getting things wrong are far more serious than a burnt meal or broken crockery.

There are advantages and disadvantages to taking such an approach when analysing concepts and legal frameworks but in general (and fortunately) the advantages outweigh the drawbacks here.

The first advantage is that the mystique is removed.

The flow of information is managed well with the framework constructed carefully so that the reader understands which concepts and actions need to come in which order.

The point is well made that "each company will require individual attention to its problems" but I was hard put to find any of the examples which couldn't be easily transposed into some of the organisations I am involved with.

This may be because the author focuses on actions which, in effect, describe the proactive aspect of the company secretary's role. …

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