The company secretary is often expected to take on other duties, particularly in small companies, such as VAT registration, PAYE and payroll, insurance and pensions, and even managing the company’s premises.

Companies frequently ask secretaries to take on responsibility for legal matters, such as advising directors on their duties and ensuring they comply with the articles of association. A board may ask the co-sec to act as a signatory on their behalf. People dealing with the company are entitled to assume the secretary has authority to agree to contracts on the company’s behalf.


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