We provide a full range of services to our clients enabling them to get on with the day-to-day running of their businesses.

We can provide a full Company Secretarial Audit and Review, ensuring that all regulatory and procedural elements of your enterprise are both compliant with current legislation and operating to best practices.

Our People

Carol Dwyer

cdwyer@bcos.ie

Sharon Spendlove

sspendlove@bcos.ie

Emma Doyle

edoyle@bcos.ie

Emma Dwyer

edwyer@bcos.ie

Our services

All companies registered in Ireland must file an annual return and accounts with the Companies Registration Office on an annual basis. A company’s first annual return must be filed on the six month anniversary of the incorporation of the company. Thereafter, an annual return and the relevant accounts must be filed on the anniversary of the annual return date. The annual return sets out information on the director(s), company secretary and shareholding(s) of the company as at the date of the return. We can assist with the filing of this annual return and liaise with your accountant to ensure timely filings with the Companies Registration Office. We also arrange for the preparation of the Annual General Meeting minutes to approve the accounts on behalf of the company.

We provide a registered office in Dublin to include the onward forwarding of post by email or post.

We can also provide a registered office in the UK and other overseas jurisdictions, depending on where your company is incorporated.

Throughout the lifetime of a company, there may be many changes with the personnel of the company. These appointments and resignations must be notified to the Registrar of Companies in a timely manner and complete records must also be kept with regard to updating the company’s Statutory Register. A specific Form B10 must be filed with the Companies Registration Office to reflect any personnel changes and we can assist you in the preparation and filing of this documentation with the CRO. We can also maintain the Company Register on your behalf.

Where a company has ceased to trade or never traded at all, it can apply to the Registrar of Companies to be voluntarily struck off the Register of Companies. There is a specific procedure for striking a company from the Register including liaising with the Revenue Commissioners, arranging for a newspaper advertisement to be put in place and filing the relevant documentation with the Companies Registration Office. We would be happy to look after the strike off of the company on your behalf.

We can also assist with the liquidation of a company by putting you in contact with a liquidator should you require such services as an alternative to a voluntary strike off.

During the lifetime of a company, it may be necessary to revise / update the company constitution. There are many reasons why the constitution may need to be revised including, a change in the share capital of the company, a redemption of shares, the issuing of a new class or classes of shares or the putting in place of a golden share. These are just a few examples. We can assist in the preparation of the necessary documentation and organise the required filings with the Companies Registration Office. We also have a vast knowledge of drafting new constitutions on behalf of our clients.

We can assist with the preparation of documentation to amend the authorised share capital of the company, as well as Board Minutes and any resolutions required to approve any share allotments or transfers in your company.

The company must review its constitution prior to any allotment of new shares, look at the pre-emption rights, if any, that apply, review the rights of the new shares and any premium that applies to the allotment of such shares.

We can also arrange for the necessary filings with the Companies Registration Office and for the Statutory Registers of the company to be updated.

The Statutory Register of the company can be maintained in electronic or hard copy at the registered office of the company or another nominated address in Ireland, and must be kept up to date with any changes made in the company. These include changes to the directors, secretary, registered office, shareholdings and beneficial ownership of the company. We can assist with the set up and maintenance of the Company Register on behalf of your company

Article 30 of the EU’s Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (4AMLD) requires all EU Member States to put into national law provisions requiring corporate and legal entities to obtain and hold information on their beneficial owner(s) in a central register. The Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Act 2010 as amended by the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) (Amendment) Act 2018 transposes the majority of the Fourth EU Money Laundering Directive (4MLD) into National Law.

Since the passing of this Act, it is now an offence for any company registered in Ireland not to register with the Registrar of Beneficial Owners. We can assist with the filing of this information with the Registrar of Beneficial Owners and arrange for beneficial ownership records to be updated at the RBO where necessary.

We can provide the services of a company secretary and/or director to your company by attending meetings of the Board of Directors and preparing the minutes of such meetings. We can also provide advise on all matters of company law and corporate governance where required.

A company may acquire its own shares from an existing shareholder by purchase, or in the case of redeemable shares, by redemption or purchase, subject to the company possessing sufficient distributable reserves, which comprise profits available for distribution or the proceeds of a fresh issue of shares made for the purpose of the acquisition. The redemption of shares must be authorised by the constitution of the company and thereafter the shares redeemed are normally cancelled by the company.
A buyback of shares involved the execution of a contract with the shareholder and such contract must be available for inspection by the members 21 days prior to the meeting to approve the buyback.

The holder of a golden share has the right (such rights are set out I the constitution of the company) to control the composition of the board of directors of the company that created the golden share. This type of share is often a simple way to create a group structure, in order to facilitate intercompany lending. It is important to note that a golden share does not place the company into a tax group.
We can assist you to prepare the necessary documentation to create a golden share in your company, with the specific rights attached thereto.

A company can re-register from one type of company to another under the provisions of Part 20 of the Companies Act 2014 and the requirement to obtain the approval of the High Court to a re-registration no longer applies.
An application to re-register a private company limited by shares to an unlimited company has specific requirements, in that the company must have filed its accounts within the previous three months before the application is made.
We can assist to prepare the necessary documentation for the re-registration application, together with ensuring the application is made in a timely manner.

All companies registered in Ireland must file an annual return and accounts with the Companies Registration Office on an annual basis. A company’s first annual return must be filed on the six month anniversary of the incorporation of the company. Thereafter, an annual return and the relevant accounts must be filed on the anniversary of the annual return date. The annual return sets out information on the director(s), company secretary and shareholding(s) of the company as at the date of the return. We can assist with the filing of this annual return and liaise with your accountant to ensure timely filings with the Companies Registration Office. We also arrange for the preparation of the Annual General Meeting minutes to approve the accounts on behalf of the company.

During the life of a company, the name of the company can be changed with the approval of the members. Similarly the members must consent to the adoption of a new constitution with the proposed new company name. The Registrar of Companies will issue a change of name certificate, provided the name is available and a similar name is not already registered.
We can assist you in completing the necessary documentation to change the name of your company.

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Carol Dwyer

Carol is vastly experienced in the Company Secretarial arena. She recently celebrated her tenth anniversary at Beacon, having joined the team in 2011.

 

Prior to working with us, she spent many years in London in various Company Secretarial roles. Since her return to Ireland in 1997, Carol has worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Hewlett-Packard International Bank plc.

A graduate of LSB, Dublin and certified by The Chartered Governance Institute, she brings a wealth of knowledge to the business and leads the team at HQ.

In her spare time, Carol is an avid GAA fan. She is heavily involved in her local Club, St. Peter’s GAA and will be seen at most Meath games as well. A keen runner, she has completed three marathons in the past five years.

On the rare occasions she’s not on a sideline, Carol enjoys catching up on box sets and old movies, or meeting friends and family for dinner and drinks.

Sharon Spendlove

Sharon joined Beacon Company Secretaries in 2015, adding her knowledge and experience to the team. She has worked for over ten years in the Company Secretarial environment and her vast expertise further underpins Beacon's pursuit of excellence in its field.

 

Sharon studied law and was conferred with an LLB (Hons) Degree in Law from the University of Cardiff, Wales.

She worked in a number of legal practices before she discovered her love for Company Law and Management. Sharon has a vast knowledge of the compliance area and is very client focused having responsibility for both international and domestic clients in all aspects of corporate compliance.

When she’s not at work, Sharon is a dedicated walker, often clocking up 50km a week. She also enjoys movies, books and box sets.

She has worked tirelessly in the charity sector for many years, in particular, raising much needed funds for humanitarian causes at home and abroad. In 2018, she travelled with her daughter to India to see the result of a fundraising effort that raised €50,000 for a hospital there. All of this activity is fitted in around raising her two teenage daughters.

Emma Doyle

Emma joined the team at Beacon Company Secretaries in 2019, confirming and cementing her interest in Company Law and fulfilling her ambition to follow in her father's footsteps in the sector.

 

Emma holds a Certificate in Company Secretarial Law and Practice and most recently achieved a Diploma in Corporate Law and Governance from the Law Society of Ireland.

Previously, Emma worked in the aviation and hospitality industries, including serving as Cabin Crew for Emirates, in Dubai and in many leading hotels, including the K Club in Ireland.

Emma loves to tour Ireland, with Doolin being one of her favourite destinations. She’s seldom seen without her two Springer Spaniels, Cody and Archie, whose boundless energy keep her on her toes.

Emma’s a sports nut, regularly attending Leinster Rugby games at home and abroad. She also has a passion for Formula 1 Motor Racing, in particular the McLaren Team.

Emma Dwyer

Emma is the latest addition to the Beacon team, having joined the company in 2020. She acts as the glue that holds the business together, ensuring that our services are delivered on time and on budget.

She studied Culinary Arts at Athlone IT and before coming to work with us, Emma had a successful career as a chef.

Her sister, Carol, Owner of the Company persuaded Emma to come on board and she now looks after our Financial Administration.

Emma is a committed member of her local GAA Club, St. Peter’s GAA, Dunboyne, where she acts as a coach with its Underage Section. She is an avid and dedicated Meath GAA Hurling, Football and Camogie fan, following the representative teams around the country to support them.

In her spare time, Emma enjoys reading and movies, the occasional glass of red wine and spending time with her family.