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"It’s now several years that we’re working with Caroline and the Michelmores team. Her availability and understanding of our challenges, combined with a capacity to deal with complex international legal matters is bringing high value to our business. She has become a real partner of our company."

Rémi Blet | CFO & Director of International, Hemsley Fraser Group

“Over the past eight or more years, Caroline has provided me with advice and guidance on board and company governance matters. This has developed over that period from the straightforward to the more complex. I value both Caroline’s deep expertise and knowing that I can call or email and will get the support I require.”

Jason Hampton, DPO, Company Secretary and Governance Professional , Derby Diocesan Academy Trust

"A huge thank you to Caroline for your ongoing professionalism and expertise in dealing with and often ‘unravelling’ our complex company and board matters with ease. Caroline, you always manage to translate some of the complicated legal terminology into logical and understandable language. It’s refreshing to work with someone who is so knowledgeable, confident and always cheery and friendly. I look forward to our ongoing and continued working relationship."

Gretal Taylor, Independent Motor Trade Factors Associated Ltd (IFA)

"With lots of client services I have experienced in the past, you go to the provider and instruct them on what you require. With Caroline and Michelmores as a whole, they come to you and offer value adding insights into what they can do to assist with current and future market changes. I find this proactiveness refreshing and it's all done in a professional and friendly manner. Thank you."

Kee Tse, BDW Trading Limited (Barratt Homes)

"Michelmores are more than just a solicitor - they are a great support for our business and always just a phone call away. Caroline Bamford is always on hand and ready to drop everything to make sure we get all the assistance necessary. It's lovely to have such a friendly voice and warm personality to hand when we need it and still get the professional service required."

Karen Bryant, Finance Manager, Valmiera Glass

I am a Director of Corporate Services in Michelmores’ Corporate team.

I qualified as a CILEx Lawyer and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) in 2015.  I am also a Corporate Governance (CG) Affiliated Member of The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland.

I specialise in company law, governance and company secretarial practice. I deal primarily with formation and administration of companies, assisting in corporate governance and statutory compliance. I advise on directors’ statutory duties and responsibilities, assist with the organisation of board affairs and shareholders’ affairs; I also provide updates and advice in respect of key changes to company law made by the Companies Act 2006.

I frequently undertake company formation for businesses setting up in the UK, including transactions with an international element.

I manage a busy company secretarial team which looks after the statutory compliance of circa 500 companies. My clients operate in diverse sectors and cover group companies, start-ups/scale-up companies, multi-academy trusts, property management companies, membership or trading associations, community interest companies, etc.

I particularly relish supporting my clients in an advisory role as their trusted company secretary, providing support to the Chairman, CEO, CFO or other directors, and being at the heart of governance operations of the organisation – helping them achieve their aims and ensuring that the activities undertaken by the company comply with legal, ethical and regulatory requirements.

I’ve been part of the Michelmores’ Corporate team since 2009 and have had experience in company secretarial practice since 2007.

Recent experience

Acting as a company secretary for a London based not-for-profit organisation which includes personal attendance at quarterly board of directors’ meetings and managing the company’s general meetings

Assistance with the review and rectification of the statutory registers of a family-run private company in preparation for the sale of their business

Advising and assisting a property owner with the restoration of a dissolved management company via the administrative restoration route

Advising the board of directors of a property management company relating to governance matters, and preparing a memorandum of the company’s structure, processes relating to directors’ decision-making, members’ resolutions or decision-making, rights of members, authority, powers and statutory duties of directors

Assisting with the restructuring of a group of UK companies by way of acquisition of shares between two affiliated companies both registered in the Netherlands