These will be lively and interactive courses including all the most recent case law and legislation, both planned and introduced, which will affect accountants and directors of small businesses in their everyday life. The detailed content is finalised close to the course date, with cases and other developments included up to 2 weeks before the course date.

Company and Business Law

  • Directors’ duties
    • Most recent cases
    • Personal liability
    • Issues around insolvency
    • Reminder of statutory obligations, including directors’ loans
  • Shareholders issues
    • Unfair prejudice and minority protection
    • Purchase of own shares
  • Shareholders’ agreements, SPAs, valuation clauses
  • Advice for directors of struggling companies
  • Reform of Data Protection
  • Selling a business – pitfalls and TUPE update
  • Professional negligence – recent important cases

Employment Law

  • Employment Status, including
    • Recent gig economy cases
    • IR35 – continuing impact of extension to private sector
    • Self-employment generally, directors’ status
  • Payroll developments
    • Minimum wage, sick pay - recent cases
    • Working time – holidays, breaks, working time
  • Unlawful discrimination – case law round-up and new developments, including disability discrimination
  • Current concerns including WFH, health and safety and flexible working
  • Dismissal, including redundancy developments
  • Employment reforms planned in 2024– tips and gratuities, family friendly leave, TUPE etc



Louise Dunford

Louise has been continuously involved in training and consultancy since 1987 and am a qualified barrister. Louise provides advice and assistance to employers through a consultancy company, CompleteHR Ltd, and have also engaged in CPD training for most of the national accountancy training bodies and district societies in the UK for many years. Louise is involved in management training, particularly in employment and HR, for many large multinational and national commercial companies. Louise has also worked as an occasional associate senior lecturer at the University of Portsmouth, mainly on the MBA, MA Personnel Management and MA Business Law. Louise has published academic papers in refereed journals, chiefly on employment status and corporate manslaughter.