What duties and responsibilities does a director have? What is the definition of 'director'?  

This is a freeview 'At a glance' guide to directors' duties and responsibilities. 

At a glance

Directors' responsibilities and duties are legally framed in three ways:

  • By common law.
  • By the company’s constitution also known as its Articles of Association.
  • By statute.

Those common law duties that have become statute are outlined in the Companies Act 2006.

Directors’ duties apply not only to executive and non-executive 'de jure' directors but also to 'shadow', 'de facto' and 'nominee' directors.

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