Corporate Governance

Services

Jenkins Legal Services have extensive experience in corporate governance and corporate secretarial services. We can assist your private or not-for-profit company with any of its legal, corporation governance or compliance requirements and policies in order to have the most effective governance framework in place in your organisation including:

  • Amendments to constitution and members’ agreements

  • Preparation and review of board charters and committee terms of reference

  • Advice on board policies and procedures including meeting procedures and documentation to ensure efficient and effective communication, controls and decision-making

  • Preparation and review of board and committee work plans and calendars

  • Structuring and joint venturing advice

  • Internal audit and risk management advice

  • Advice on charity status and other tax concessions

  • Legal and strategic advice on commercial transactions, projects and PPPs

We can also assist (or take the lead) on the establishment of new NFP entities and ACNC registration.  The initial setup of a NFP is important due to the complex legislative issues surrounding NFP’s. It is imperative that an NFP is established with the right legal structure for maximum administrative efficiency, control, asset protection and tax effectiveness.

All the above will increase performance of your company through an optimal organisational environment individualised to your needs.

Examples of our work include:

  • Company secretarial work and corporate governance advice to Compass Community Housing and its subsidiaries including Logan City Community Housing

  • Similar work for Aftercare: Australia's longest serving mental health organisation, supporting people with mental health issues to lead fulfilling, independent lives

  • Audit committee membership of a number of organisations including Companion Credit Union, Anglican Diocese of Newcastle and Newcastle City Council.

  • Establishment of numerous NFP entities using the variety of different structures including companies limited by guarantee, NSW co-operatives, NSW Incorporated Associations and PrAFs, PuAFs and other charitable trust structures.

  • ACNC registrations and ongoing ACNC annual compliance.

  • Preparation of, and amendments to, numerous NFP constitutions including charitable entities and registered clubs.

 

Here is what someone who worked with Micah Jenkins recently has to say:

‘As the Chairman of six boards, both in the Profit and NFP sectors and with over 40 years’ experience as a leading Australian fund manager and since 2010 the CEO of my own consultancy practice, JT Consultancy, I feel that I am well placed, as Chairman of Aftercare, a NFP organisation dedicated to assisting people with emotional disabilities to comment on Micah Jenkins skills and character.

Micah’s character and integrity are beyond reproach and he honours a sincere commitment to the NFP sector and all the good works that the sector does.

I have worked closely with Micah firstly in his role as a commercial lawyer on a property project for Aftercare and more recently, in his role as Aftercare’s interim company secretary.

Importantly Micah has been a trusted legal advisor to Aftercare for many years now, and he readily accepted the challenge in 2016 to become Aftercare’s interim company secretary during a time of rapid and complex change for the organisation and its Board. Micah quickly rose to the challenge and helped steer the board through some difficult unchartered waters for which Aftercare will be eternally grateful.

It was during Micah’s time as interim company secretary that I really got to know him well. Micah is gifted with a lively and engaging personality and a sharp legal mind.  Professionally, Micah is calm, principled and considered in all that he does and his constantly displays a tireless work ethic. He has an in depth knowledge of the not-for-profit sector and can help navigate all aspects of legal and corporate governance for any NFP organisation.

It has been my privilege to know and work in partnership with Micah whom I would recommend without hesitation to any other NFP looking for a lawyer who not only excels in the law but have a deep appreciation and understand of the NFP sector.’

 

John (JT) Thomas

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