Gráinne Howard

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Are You a Director of an Irish Registered Company?

The updated European Union (Anti-Money Laundering: Beneficial Ownership of Corporate Entities) Regulations 2019 may affect your business. Failure to comply with these regulations may result in penalties between €5,000 - €500,000. The previous filing obligation for companies and relevant entities On 15 November 2016 Ireland implemented the European Union’s (EU) Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive by [...]

By |2019-04-16T16:12:48+01:00April 16th, 2019|Blog, Latest News, News|

Company Law Updates

In recent weeks there have been a number of changes introduced to Irish company law legislation. It is important for the company secretary, who under Companies 2014 must have the requisite skills to discharge his/her statutory and other legal duties, to keep abreast of such legislative changes in order to ensure that this requirement is [...]

By |2018-11-07T14:45:49+01:00November 7th, 2018|Latest News, News, Press|

Filing Deadlines for Companies with 31st December 2017 year end

If your Company has a 31st December 2017 year end it is important to note the following deadlines for filing deadlines:- Tax • The filing of the corporation tax returns and payment of final corporation tax liability is due by Friday, 21st September 2018. • Final preliminary tax payments for the year ended 31 December [...]

By |2018-09-17T14:35:14+01:00September 17th, 2018|News|

Your Company’s Constitution – Time for a change?

Every company formed in Ireland must have a Constitution (formerly known as a Memorandum & Articles of Association). It is important that the company’s Constitution is a well written document, as it sets out the rules and regulations of how a company is to be internally governed, and how it will conduct its business activities. [...]

By |2018-07-30T10:53:01+01:00July 30th, 2018|News|

Directors Offences under Companies Act 2014

The Companies Act 2014 (the “Act”) contains a formal categorisation of offences ranked on a scale of 1 to 4 for breaches of company law and Directors must be wary of their obligations under the Act or face possible criminal prosecution. • Category 1 offences include false accounting or fraudulent trading –imprisonment of up to [...]

By |2018-05-22T12:29:19+01:00May 22nd, 2018|News|

2018 – New Compliance Obligations for Directors & Secretaries

2018 sees the introduction of a number of new initiatives for Irish entities. Company directors and company secretaries, regardless of size or trading activity have an obligation to comply with these new rules or run the risk of the enforcement action being taken against the company. 1. CRO - Zero Tolerance Approach As of the [...]

By |2018-04-16T10:15:45+01:00April 16th, 2018|News|

Annual Compliance Filing Obligations –Zero Tolerance Policy

The filing of a company’s Annual Return (B1) has always been one of the most important events in a Company Secretary’s calendar. However, the level of responsibility on the Secretary in making this filing is set to increase as the Companies Registration Office (CRO) have announced the introduction of a zero-tolerance policy with regards errors [...]

By |2018-03-12T11:10:33+01:00March 12th, 2018|News|

Effective Minute Taking

Under Companies Act 2014, minutes of meetings of directors and members must be kept. Minutes are a permanent written record of business transacted at a meeting and of the decisions reached. The retention of clear, adequate and impartial minutes is an essential tool in demonstrating that the directors of an organisation take their fiduciary duties [...]

By |2018-02-12T10:15:38+01:00February 12th, 2018|News|

Annual General Meeting – Getting it Right

An Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) is a meeting of the members and is a statutory requirement for every Company. The Companies Act 2014 states that if a default is made in holding the AGM, the company and any of its officers who are in default will be guilty of a category 3 offence. Routine Business [...]

By |2018-01-10T10:47:50+01:00January 10th, 2018|News|