Company Secretary

London (Central), London (Greater)
27 Feb 2018
28 Apr 2018
Role Classification
Other Professional
Contract Type

CMS has a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Company Secretary to join our Corporate practice group. This role will provide both first class company secretarial support to the firm and the lead company secretarial role with one of the firm’s key clients. This role offers day to day client contact at board level and the opportunity to be a part of the internal CMS client facing team

About the role

CMS’s Company Secretarial Services offers a comprehensive range of standard and bespoke services, either on a ‘one-off’ assignment or (more typically) as ongoing client support. We deliver this service for all types of companies ranging from start-ups through to publicly listed companies and their subsidiaries. We also have a range of clients with offshore structures.

Key responsibilities and duties in relation will include (but are not limited to): 

  • Company and LLP incorporations; 

  • Maintaining statutory books, including registers of members, directors etc. 

  • Filing of confirmation certificates; 

  • Change of directors and ARD; 

  • Organising, preparing agendas for and minuting Board and client meetings; 

  • Liaising with internal client teams; 

  • Liaising with external regulators and advisors; 

  • Billing.

In addition to the above, specific responsibilities in relation to the key client will include:

  • Attendance at weekly internal meetings at the client to report on company secretarial matters and take minutes; 

  • Liaising with offshore directors and advisors in relation to company incorporation; 

  • Organising liquidations of UK and offshore entities; 

  • Liasing with accountants to file US Check the Box elections for all entities; 

  • Preparation of a variety of reports in respect of the portfolio for accountants, insurers etc 

  • Dealing with Know Your Customer and other compliance matters for the companies within the portfolio for financial institutions and other professional advisers; 

  • Creation and maintenance of group structure diagrams;

  • Maintenance of a range of internal registers; 

  • Assisting the client team with due diligence questions and other company secretarial support on deals; 

  • Creation of data sites on deals for client; 

  • Liaising with our paralegal pool to implement/oversee specific projects and the items set out above for the client. 

About you

The ideal candidate must be ICSA qualified with previous experience in a similar role ideally gained within a law firm; however we will consider candidates from other professional services backgrounds.

Able to demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of UK Company Law, and have some practical experience of applying and advising on UK Company Law.

Knowledge of Business and Company Law of the principal offshore jurisdictions is essential.

Self-motivated and proactive. Enthusiastic, confident with good organisational and administration skills. Flexible and able to effectively manage a number of priorities at any one time.

Good communication skills, both oral and written. The ideal candidate will enjoy building relationships with clients and working as part of a wider team.

Strong attention to detail and good IT skills are required. Experience of using Blueprint Company Secretarial software is required

Previous experience with e-filing is essential. 

About us

CMS is an international organisation with market leading businesses throughout Europe, The Middle East, Asia and beyond.

Ranked as the world’s 6th largest law firm by lawyer headcount and 6th largest in the UK by revenue, CMS works with clients in 39 countries from 70 office worldwide. 

On 1 May 2017, CMS, Nabarro and Olswang came together to create a new future-facing firm, one that is well equipped to help our clients face the future with confidence.  We are driven by technology and readily embrace the possibilities it opens up for developing new and better ways of delivering legal services.  And we recruit, value and nurture top talent.

Equal opportunities

CMS is committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment, to not only adhere to current employment law, but to harness the full potential of our staff and ensure that all individuals are treated fairly and with respect. To meet this aim CMS endeavours to treat all staff and job applicants equally, on the basis of merit and the ability to do their job. Everybody will be treated equally regardless of race, colour, age, religion or belief, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital or civil partner status, ethnic or national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or maternity status (“Protected Characteristics”). 

For further information about CMS’ diversity initiatives and programmes, please click here to view the diversity pages on our website. 

How to apply

If you are interested please apply online.  If you have any queries, please contact Phoebe Napier, Recruitment Advisor.

Please note that CMS have a preferred agency panel in place.  Only applications submitted via the portal at the point of instruction will be accepted.

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