Directors’ Duties and Liabilities Masterclass

A masterclass covering a wide range of company and insolvency law issues, this one-day event is designed for in-house counsel, private practice lawyers and company secretaries who advise private limited companies.

£450.00 ex VAT

Event Details

Date: 21st November 2019 ( 09:30 – 17:00 )

Venue: Cavendish Conference Centre, London W1G 9DT

Phone: 020 3567 1207



What will this event cover?
With the duties and liabilities of directors becoming ever more stringent and complex, this masterclass for in-house and private practice lawyers examines a wide range of vital company and insolvency law issues, such as:

  • directors’ duties: what’s new?
  • managing and mitigating directors’ conflicts
  • what to watch out for if insolvency is looming
  • an assessment of directors’ potential criminal liabilities
  • share transaction potholes: including class rights, buy-backs and dividends
  • making sense of section 172 for private companies

The day will end with a practical workshop based around a case study.

Who should attend?
The masterclass is designed for both in-house and private practice lawyers and, in addition, company secretaries, who advise private limited companies on directors’ duties and liabilities.

The fee includes all course documentation, refreshments and buffet lunch. Places are limited to a maximum of 20 delegates.



Welcome from the Chair: Tanya Gass


Directors’ Duties: what’s new and what’s still important

Tanya Gass


Managing and mitigating directors’ conflicts: advising on danger areas, multiple/group directorships, the “safe harbour”, best practice and more

David Impey


Refreshments Break


‘Promoting the success of the company’ and ‘having regard to’: making sense of section 172

Professor Charlotte Villiers


Share transaction potholes: including class rights, buy-backs, dividends and the latest Entrepreneurs’ Relief cases

David Impey


Morning Q&A


Buffet Lunch


Directors in the Twilight Zone – what to watch out for if insolvency is looming: when the going gets tough, the consequences are potentially getting tougher

Stephen Allinson


Whither Corporate Criminal Liability?

Nick Vamos, Partner, Peters & Peters


Refreshments Break


Directors Duties Workshop

Tina Kyriakides, Radcliffe Chambers


Afternoon Q&A and Closing Remarks




Tanya Gass, Tanya Gass Training
Tanya Gass is a legal trainer and consultant at Tanya Gass Training. She has a reputation for bringing much-needed clarity to legal and regulatory issues with her practical, visual and interactive style of training. Tanya qualified as a corporate finance solicitor at Clifford Chance. During her career as a solicitor, she also worked at Collins Stewart Stockbrokers, Gouldens (now Jones Day) solicitors and in‐house at (then FTSE 100) company Hanson plc. Since 2003, Tanya has been teaching and training covering a range of topics including company law, corporate governance, corporate finance, equity capital markets and negotiation skills. She is a recommended member of the Legal Education and Training Group. Tanya’s extensive client list includes boards of directors (SMEs, large private companies, listed companies, banks and charitable associations), individual directors, law firms, accountants, company secretaries and other business professionals, as well as training organisations, universities and Companies House. She also runs workshops on board decision‐making, facilitates difficult board meetings, is a consultant professional support lawyer and a frequent speaker at corporate governance conferences on topics such as persons of significant control, directors’ duties, board diversity and stakeholder reporting.


Stephen Allinson
Stephen is a solicitor and licensed insolvency practitioner. Stephen has specialised in credit, debt and insolvency work since 1987, and has extensive experience in dealing with the full range of these procedures. Prior to setting up his own consultancy, he was a business recovery and insolvency partner at a major law firm. As well as acting as a consultant to the legal profession, he also pursues many other projects in the legal, insolvency and credit fields and is a visiting lecturer at the University of Law. As well as being a solicitor and licensed insolvency practitioner, he has been an associate member of the Association of Property and Fixed Charge Receivers. Stephen was appointed chairman of the board of The Insolvency Service in January 2017 and is also the chairman of the Joint Insolvency Examination Board (JIEB); the deputy independent examiner for the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and one of the chairmen of the Methodist Church Disciplinary Process. In addition, he has served as a member of both the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives Qualifications Committee and the Legal and Technical Committee of the Civil Court Users Association, and a director of The Money Charity and the Churches Mutual Credit Union. His book ‘Enforcement of a Judgment’ was published by Sweet and Maxwell in January 2016, and he has in the last twelve months contributed to leading educational publications on business law and commercial property for students and legal professionals. In May 2019, Stephen was appointed a consultant to Apex Litigation Finance, a new and innovative litigation funder in this ever-expanding market.


Nick Vamos is a Partner with Peters & Peters. He has nearly 20 years of criminal law experience focussed on international, high-profile and sensitive matters. Nick joined the firm in September 2017 from the Crown Prosecution Service where he was Head of Special Crime, overseeing the most complex casework in the CPS including the Hillsborough disaster, corporate manslaughter, police corruption, deaths in custody, medical manslaughter and election fraud cases. He also has experience in launching and defending private prosecutions.


David Impey
David is a solicitor specialising in company law, a professional services marketer, a writer and lecturer. He lectures on company law and practice, and on strategic management and marketing for professional firms. He takes a lively and practical approach, helping solicitors, accountants, company secretaries and in-house lawyers understand legal rules and regulations, identify the practical pitfalls to look out for and what to do about them. David was self-employed as a start-up and SME in the legal sector himself for 12 years, before being recruited by one of his clients. He is also co-author of ‘The Company Director: Powers, Duties and Liabilities’, ‘Running a Limited Company’ and ‘Modern Law of Meetings’ and a contributor to Jordans’ ‘Company Administration and Governance’.


Tina Kyriakides, Radcliffe Chambers
Tina Kyriakides is a leading junior at Radcliffe Chambers, specialising in company, insolvency, commercial, fraud and banking work. She has acted for a wide range of both professional and lay clients, including multinationals and is often instructed in complex cases. Being an extremely effective advocate with an unrivalled eye for detail, she has been recommended in the major directories as a leading junior for company law, insolvency law and commercial litigation for many years. She sits as a deputy insolvency and companies court judge. She is also is a consultant editor of ‘Corporate Recovery & Insolvency’, published by Butterworths, is on the editorial board of R3 Recovery magazine and contributes to ‘Gore-Browne on Companies’, the pre-eminent source and unrivalled authority for interpreting and applying company legislation, published by Butterworths.


Professor Charlotte Villiers
Charlotte Villiers studied law at the University of Hull and the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is a qualified solicitor. She has taught at the Universities of Sheffield and Glasgow, and was a visiting lecturer at the University of Oviedo in Spain. She was appointed professor of company law in 2005. Her publications include ‘European Company Law – Towards Democracy’ (Ashgate, 1998), and ‘Corporate Reporting and Company Law’ (Cambridge University Press, 2006). She has also written extensively on UK industrial relations. Her current research focuses on company law and sustainability including reporting and on boardroom structures and cultures.


Cavendish Conference Centre

22 Duchess Mews



Getting there:

The nearest tube stations are Oxford Circus, Regent’s Park and Great Portland Street.

The nearest overground stations are Marylebone, Euston and Kings Cross.

Arriving on Foot

To reach Cavendish Conference Centre on foot, maps and directions can be found on Just enter your start location and the postcode: W1G 9DT for the best walking route.

Arriving by Underground

Oxford Circus Underground Station (Victoria, Central, & Bakerloo Line) is 5 minutes walk away. Take Exit 4 on leaving Oxford Circus station, walk North up Regent Street and you will pass the Langham Hotel on your left and BBC Corporation House on your right. Turn left into Duchess Street and almost immediately you will see Duchess Mews on your right hand side, where the Cavendish sign is clearly displayed at the end of the Mews on the left. Alternatively Duchess Street is the 5th turn left when you have left Oxford Circus Tube Station and have started to walk North up Regent Street.

Arriving by Rail

Marylebone, Euston and Kings Cross St Pancras Stations are all within a 10 minute taxi ride or alternatively 15 minutes by Underground. Paddington Station  is a 20 minute walk or 10 minutes in a taxi.

Arriving by Car

To plan your journey by car visit The AA’s Route Planner and enter the postcode: W1G 9DT. Please note that this venue is within the Congestion Charge Zone.

Car Parking

On street Pay & Display parking is available outside the Conference Centre; otherwise there are NCP Car Parks, as listed below, all within 5 minutes walk of the venue:

  • Weymouth Mews
  • Chandos Street
  • Cavendish Square
  • Blue Badge Parking Scheme

Blue Badge Parking Scheme

To view spaces in the area reserved for Blue Badge holders on a map please visit GOV.UK and enter the postcode: W1G 9DT.