- s. 171 - Duty to act within powers
- s. 172 - Duty to promote the success of the company
- s. 173 - Duty to exercise independent judgment
- s. 174 - Duty to exercise reasonable care, skill, and diligence
- s. 175 - Duty to avoid conflicts of interest
- s. 176 - Duty not to accept benefits from third parties
- s. 177 - Duty to declare interest in proposed transaction or arrangement
In this article, we will be focusing on the duty to avoid any conflicts of interest.
What is a Directors’ duty concerning conflicts of interest?
Section 175 of the Companies Act 2006 states that company Directors must avoid situations where they could have a direct or indirect conflict between their personal interests and those of the company. Particular care must be taken concerning the exploitation of any property, information, or opportunity and it does not matter whether the company could have taken advantage of the property, information, or opportunity but did not.
When can a Director have a conflict of interest?
The Companies Act conflict of interest section, states that potential conflicts of interest are acceptable if:
- the situation cannot reasonably be regarded as likely to give rise to a conflict, or
- the matter has been authorised by the directors
Directors can give authorisation so long as the company’s articles of association provide for such a circumstance. When authorising a potential conflict of interest the directors must comply with the other relevant directors’ duties, including promoting the success of the company.
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