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April 26, 2020

The UK Chartered Governance Institute has updated their Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committee Charter Templates as of January 2020. The Risk Committee Charter remains as per 2013.

These are available on the public pages at

April 15, 2020

Given the current turmoil in the world, it is critical that Directors remain fully aware of their duties and responsibilities, regarding the Firm, its Stakeholders and their own personal risk.

We have issued a summary of the current duties and responsibilities for Direc...

April 14, 2020

In response to the current "work from home" status for most of the DIFC entities, we have summarised the key items to know about what could be acceptable, under what circumstances, for e-signatures on electronic documents.   

Our summary is available at https://www...

March 27, 2020

Please note that The Chartered Governance Institute (UK) (ICSA) has deferred the June 2020 examinations to the November 2020 examination period due to the COVID-19 impact.

Students should have been informed of this by direct mail, and automatically transferred to this s...

September 11, 2019

Reminder: exam registration deadline looms, so make sure you meet the 1 October 2019 deadline.  The local exam centre for the Middle East continues to be in Dubai.

The transition to the new Programme is now complete, so if the Case Study was putting you off completion,...

September 11, 2019

ICSA (the UK Institute of Company Secretaries and Administrators) formally changes its name to The Chartered Governance Institute on 16 September 2019.

The new branding will commence on that date, although "ICSA" will continue to appear for transition purposes for some...

September 8, 2019

The new Employment Law of the DIFC quite benignly mentions that firms may agree with their employees to contribute to a "pension scheme, retirement savings scheme or any substantially similar scheme, whether located in the UAE or elsewhere" - which seems to be quite fa...

April 3, 2019

Not surprisingly - after the Kingman Report on the replacement of the FRC, the Parliamentary Joint Enquiry into Carillion and a raft of other corporate failures - the latest recommendations look to make sweeping changes to the external audit scope, reporting, and indus...

January 27, 2019

For those interested in furthering their qualifications or exploring their "what's next?", ICSA's Chartered Secretary Qualifying Programme for the June 2019 examination period has been released. 

The January - June semester will be the last semester for a number of topi...

January 18, 2019

The recent release of new laws by the DIFC have led to a somewhat revised Companies Law, Trust Law, Foundation Law and a number of operating laws.  They go some way towards bridging gaps, clarifying some issues, and becoming a little more in tune with international pra...

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