Information Sheets for Growth Companies

To help cut through the jargon, we have written a series of short information sheet to help you get clued up quickly on legal issues for growth companies.

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Information sheet: Website Documents Guidance Notes
When setting up a website there is a raft of information you need to think about. Amongst that list are the legal elements that you need to ensure you include when setting up your website. This 'how to' guide talks you through the steps needed to ensure you have all bases covered.

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Information sheet: Companies House Filing Requirements for Private Companies limited by shares
This quick guide covers the principal Companies House filing requirements for private companies limited by shares, including how to file, a comprehensive list of documents needed to complete your annual fillings and full list of documents needed to satisfy the general requirements of Companies House.

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Information sheet: Copyright – an overview
Copyright protects literary, musical, dramatic and artistic works, computer programs, databases, sound recordings, films, broadcasts and the typography of printed editions. This information sheet provides some brief notes on the ownership, duration and protection of copyright.

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Information sheet: Directors’ duties and liabilities
The directors of a company owe various duties to the company’s shareholders. In certain circumstances they can also face significant liabilities. This note sets out the principal duties directors have and the main liabilities they may face if they breach those duties.

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Information sheet: Issue and transfer of shares – procedure and considerations
A company may raise capital by issuing shares to investors in return for investments made in the company. Investors may later want to sell their shares in the company to others. This note summarises the procedure for issuing and transferring shares in a private company registered in England and Wales.

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Information sheet: Patents – an overview
A company that has invented a new product or technique will often seek to protect its rights in the invention by way of a patent. This information sheet provides some brief notes on what inventions may be patented, applying for a patent, international patent protection, patent litigation and patent licensing.

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Information sheet: People with significant control of a company
In order to enhance the transparency of company ownership and increase trust in business, the UK government has introduced new information requirements relating to the beneficial ownership of companies. This note summarises the new requirements.

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Information sheet: Shareholders’ Agreements and Articles of Association – why do we need them?
It is important to remember that these are fundamentally two different documents. A shareholders’ agreement is the members’ contract with each other and the articles are the company’s contract with its members. There are implications for who can rely on and enforce such contracts and what the parties can ask of each other. This note explores a few basic issues around this area.

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Information sheet: Varying a company’s share capital
A company may vary its share capital by consolidating or subdividing its shares, by reducing its share capital or by buying back its own shares. This note briefly describes some ways in which a private company registered in England and Wales may vary its share capital.

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