About Mark Johnson

Mark is an experienced commercial solicitor and company secretary working with clients to manage risk, assure compliance and protect their legal position.

PSC Register: Enhancing Transparency in UK Companies

The Register of  People with Significant Control ('PSC Register')  is a new statutory register which most UK companies and LLPs are now required to keep from 6 April 2016 to identify ultimate beneficial owners and controllers. Failure to comply is a criminal offence. The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 introduced a number of measures to [...]

2016-11-21T17:42:16+00:00 April 6th, 2016|Governance, Joint Ventures|0 Comments

Due Diligence for Schools Joining a Multi Academy Trust – Part 2

In Part 1 we examined the purpose of due diligence when a school joins an academy trust. In this Part 2 we look at workforce aspects and financial due diligence. Workforce Payroll costs typically account for 75-80% of a schools’ expenditure (DfE, 2013) so this is obviously an area to pay careful attention to. When [...]

2017-01-25T15:52:45+00:00 March 23rd, 2016|Academies & Free Schools, Governance|0 Comments

Due Diligence for Schools Joining a Multi Academy Trust – Part 1

Due Diligence for Schools Joining a Multi Academy Trust The Department for Education has signalled clearly that the future development of academies lies in the consolidation of more schools into multi-academy trusts (MATs). Primary schools, in particular, will be encouraged to join existing clusters and groups of schools. In future, we may see schools deciding [...]

2017-01-25T16:05:03+00:00 March 15th, 2016|Academies & Free Schools, Governance|0 Comments

Health & Safety Duties for Directors

What are the main duties of Directors under Health & Safety laws? “Health and safety is integral to success. Board members who do not show leadership in this area are failing in their duty as directors and their moral duty, and are damaging their organisation.”  - Health & Safety Executive  The main duties for directors are [...]

2016-11-21T17:42:17+00:00 March 2nd, 2016|Governance|0 Comments

Could New Models of General Practice Provide Safe Haven?

GPs Facing Perfect Storm – Could New Models of General Practice Provide Safe Haven? General Practice is in the middle of a perfect storm of multiple pressures: growing and unsustainable workloads, rising public expectations, a harsh funding environment, a crisis in recruitment and retention, as well as falling morale. According to research by the BMA, [...]

2016-11-21T17:42:18+00:00 February 23rd, 2016|Healthcare|0 Comments

The Hallmarks of Good Governance in Academy Trusts – Part 4

A series of posts examining what good governance in an academy trust looks like and how boards can create a framework to deliver their core purpose and properly discharge their duties. In part 3 we looked at Stewardship of Finance and Resources. In this final part 4 we examine.. How to get governance right from the outset [...]

2016-11-21T17:42:18+00:00 February 16th, 2016|Academies & Free Schools, Governance|0 Comments

The Hallmarks of Good Governance in Academy Trusts – Part 3

This series of posts examines what good governance in academy trusts looks like and how boards can create a framework to deliver their core purpose and properly discharge their duties. In Part 2, we examined the framework of governance in academy trusts. In this Part 3, we examine.... Stewardship of finance and resources The academy [...]

2016-11-21T17:42:19+00:00 February 9th, 2016|Academies & Free Schools, Governance|0 Comments

The Hallmarks of Good Governance in Academy Trusts – Part 2

This series of posts examines what good governance in academy trusts looks like and how boards can create a framework to deliver their core purpose and properly discharge their duties. In Part 1, we examined the importance of governance and the role of the Board of an academy trust. In this Part 2 we examine.. The framework [...]

2016-11-21T17:42:19+00:00 February 2nd, 2016|Academies & Free Schools, Governance|0 Comments

The Hallmarks of Good Governance in Academy Trusts

This series of posts examines what effective governance in academy trusts looks like and how boards can create a framework to deliver their core purpose and properly discharge their duties. With the demise in the role and capacity of local education authorities, England’s state education system is moving inexorably moves towards a school-led system with [...]

2016-11-21T17:42:19+00:00 January 26th, 2016|Academies & Free Schools, Governance|0 Comments

What Does an Effective Audit Committee Actually Do? – Part 2

In Part 1 of this post, we considered the role and functions of the audit committee in overseeing risk management and internal controls, and monitoring the effectiveness of internal and external auditors. In this post, we explore the practical arrangements which make the audit committee successful. Composition of the Audit Committee The UK Code states that [...]

2016-11-21T17:42:20+00:00 January 19th, 2016|Governance|0 Comments