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Rights as Company Secretary

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Breezy1979 Mon 27-Feb-17 16:49:43

My ex husband started up a limited company several years ago. I never received payment for this role though really I was Secretary in name only. Only helping him with tech issues, e-mail wording etc which I would have done regardless of being Secretary.It was something my husband decided I would do and the nature of the relationship just meant I went along with it.

I am going through the child maintenance service and trying to access company account information. Doing this I have realised I never resigned as company (stupid oversight on my part). Is there any risk or benefit to me staying as company Secretary? I don't really want any association with my ex at all but he has really messed me about financially and a lot of his financial dealings seem really dodgy..

I realise this is a bit long winded so to summarise

1) Do I have any rights as company Secretary?
2)Is there any risk in staying as company Secretary?
3) Am I entitled to see full company accounts? I assume not but would be very handy
4) How do I make sure that my ex has never claimed a salary for me? What can I do if he has? When we did financial disclosure my solicitor and I were suspicious he might be but according to my solicitor apparently some judges consider this common place and just dismiss it as couples do so at the time we didn't take it further.

Sorry for all the questions. I am not a business person clearly just trying to protect me and my daughter.

butterfly990 Mon 27-Feb-17 16:52:59

You may get a quicker response on this board.

Breezy1979 Mon 27-Feb-17 22:02:06

Thank you I was struggling to find something that matched

RedHelenB Tue 28-Feb-17 09:34:04

He would have you as company secretary so he could pay you a salary instead of taking his to the next tax level and therefore utilising your tax allowance.

RedHelenB Tue 28-Feb-17 09:35:00

If you havent worked for him then he can remove you at any time - I think this would coincide with you asking to see the books!

AlexanderHamilton Tue 28-Feb-17 09:38:27

As Company Secretary of a limited company you have certain legal obligations although it is the directors who have the primary legal responsibility.

I would resign.

aginghippy Tue 28-Feb-17 10:50:01

Are you sure you are still secretary? You could contact Companies House to find out.

As RedHelen says, he could have already removed you.

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