GC100

The Association of General Counsel and Company Secretaries working in FTSE 100 Companies

Graham Vinter

Rosemary Martin, Group General Counsel & Company Secretary, Vodafone

GC100 is the voice of general counsel and company secretaries working in FTSE 100 companies. Our aim is to engage with government, regulators and policy makers to provide practical and business-focused input on law and regulation which impacts on the largest UK Listed Companies.

About us

GC100 was created in March 2005 in response to the increasing volume and complexity of domestic and international law and regulation which impacts on UK listed companies. GC100’s principal objectives are to :

  • Provide a collective voice and, as appropriate, make representations on areas of policy, regulatory and legislative reform that impact on large companies listed in the United Kingdom;
  • Enable members to share knowledge and information on the law, company secretarial practice, risk management, compliance, governance, pro bono work and other areas of common interest;
  • Develop, publish and encourage best practice; and;
  • Assist members and potential future members in their professional development;

GC100 is an unincorporated association which is run through its Executive Committee. The team at Practical Law, a product of the Legal UK & Ireland business of Thomson Reuters, resources the secretariat support to GC100. Such support includes coordinating the activities of the group, using resources to highlight relevant legislative changes, co-ordinating membership responses to consultations, drafting papers and facilitating meetings and events.

Our members

Our members are principally general counsel and company secretaries of FTSE 100 companies and membership is by invitation only. There are currently over 125 members of the group, representing some 82 companies in the FTSE 100 (the balance of members were at companies that were listed in the FTSE 100 when they took membership).

GC100 Disclaimer

The materials on this website do not necessarily reflect the views of all individual members of the GC100 or their employing companies. Nothing in the materials represents advice by the GC100 or any of its members, Practical Law, Thomson Reuters Professional (UK) Limited, or any of the participants in any GC100 Working Group and none of the GC100, Practical Law, Thomson Reuters Professional (UK) Limited, accepts any responsibility or liability to any person for or in respect of this material. It is the responsibility of individual companies to understand and meet the relevant requirements and specific advice (legal or otherwise) should always be sought when necessary.

Officers and executive committee

GC100 is run by its executive committee who are responsible for the overall strategic direction of the group. The executive committee meets approximately every 6 weeks.

First officers

  • Rosemary Martin, Vodafone, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary, (Chair)
  • Grant Dawson, Centrica, General Counsel and Company Secretary (Vice-Chair)
  • Alan Porter, Prudential, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary (Vice-Chair)
  • Susan Swabey, Smith & Nephew, Company Secretary (Vice-Chair)
  • Ben Mathews, HSBC, Group Company Secretary (Treasurer)
  • Mary Mullally, GC100 Secretary

Members of the executive committee

  • Adrian Morris, Tesco
  • Alison Kay, National Grid
  • Andrea Harris, WPP
  • Andrew Levy, Stagecoach
  • Chris Vaughan, Whitbread
  • Dan Fitz, BT Group
  • Donny Ching, Shell
  • Geof Stapledon, BHP Billiton
  • Hugh Ford, Intu
  • Kirsty Cooper, Aviva
  • Malcolm Wood, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Nicola Snook, BAT
  • Richard Shoylekov, Wolseley
  • Steve Allen, Rio Tinto
  • Tonia Lovell, Unilever

Work streams

The following work streams are in place for 2017:

  • Work stream 1: Corporate Governance and Company Law
  • Work stream 2: Professional, development and regulation of the legal profession
  • Work stream 3: Data Protection
  • Work stream 4: Employment
  • Work stream 5: Competition
  • Work stream 6: Contentious
  • Work stream 7: Cyber Security
  • Work stream 8: Economic Crime

If you would like more information about any of the work streams please contact: mary.mullally@thomsonreuters.com and camelia.thomas@thomsonreuters.com

GC100 responses

2017

February

GC100 response to the Parker Review on the Ethnic Diversity of UK Boards

GC100 response to BEIS Green Paper: Corporate Governance Reform

January

GC100 response to FCA discussion paper DP16-4 - Overall responsibility and the legal function

2016

October

GC100 response to HMRC consultation - Simplification of the tax and National Insurance treatment of termination payments

September

GC100 Response to SRA consultation - Looking to the future

July

GC100 response to BIS call for evidence on non-compete clauses

GC100 response to FCA Discussion Paper DP16/3: Availability of information in the UK Equity IPO process

June

GC100 response to ICSA consultation - The practice of minuting meetings

April

GC100 response to the call for views on effective reporting alongside proposals to implement EU requirements relating to the Non-Financial Reporting Directive

GC100 response to EU public consultation on non-binding guidelines on methodology for reporting non-financial information

GC100 response to Takeover Panel public consultation paper: Communication and distribution of information during an offer (PCP 2016/1)

March

GC100 response to the GEO consultation on Mandatory Gender Pay Gap Reporting

February

GC100 response to FCA consultation CP15/38: Provisions to delay disclosure of inside information within the FCA’s Disclosure and Transparency Rules

GC100 response to FCA consultation: Policy proposals and Handbook changes related to the implementation of the Market Abuse Regulation (2014/596/EU) (corporate aspects)

January

GC100 response to FRC Discussion Paper on UK Succession Planning

GC100 response to FRC discussion paper on UK Board Succession Planning

GC100 response to BIS draft statutory guidance on the meaning of “significant influence or control” in the context of companies

GC100 supports FD100 response to ESMA consultation paper on the European Single Electronic Format

The FD100 response to the ESMA consultation paper on the European Single Electronic Format

2015

December

GC100 response to GC100 response to FRC Consultation Paper, Enhancing Confidence in Audit: Proposed Revisions to the Ethical Standard, Auditing Standards, UK Corporate Governance Code and Guidance on Audit Committees

November

GC100 response to the LSB’s Statement of Policy - section 15(4) of the Act

GC100 response to ISS 2016 Benchmark Policy Consultation

GC100 response to FCA Consultation Paper CP15 28

October

GC100 response to HMRC consultation on the simplification of the tax and national insurance treatment of termination payment

September

GC100 response to the Shareholder Voting Working Group paper on potential progress in transparency

GC100 response to Closing the Gender Pay Gap Consultation

August

GC100 response to FCA quarterly consultation (CP15/19)

July

GC100 response to ESMA Call for Evidence on Best Practice Principles for Providers of Shareholder Voting Research and Analysis

GC100 response to BIS consultation on the draft regulations for the register of people with significant control

May

GC100 response to the European Commission public consultation – Green Paper on Building a Capital Markets

April

GC100 response to LSB consultation on regulatory restrictions in practising rules for in-house lawyers

March

GC100 response to FRC consultation on impact of EU reform on auditing and ethical standards

GC100 response to BIS Consultation, Auditor Regulation - Discussion document on the implications of the EU and wider reforms

February

GC100 response to BIS - Duty to Report Payment Practices Policies

January

GC100 response to BIS discussion paper, Corporate Directors: Scope of exceptions to the prohibition of corporate directors

2014

November

GC100 response to the Code Committee of the Takeover Panel - PCP 2014/2: Post-offer undertakings and intention statements

October

GC100: response to ESMA MAR submission - technical standard

GC100: response to ESMA MAR submission – technical advice

GC100 response to consultation on Prescribed persons: annual reporting requirements on whistleblowing

September

GC100 response to Consultation on Takeover Code: miscellaneous amendments

August

GC100 response to CMA consultation on draft Statutory Audit Services for Large Companies Market Investigation (Mandatory Use of Competitive Tender Processes and Audit Committee Responsibilities) Order 2014

June

GC100 response to Proposed revisions to the UK Corporate Governance Code (the ‘Code’)

May

GC100 response to ICSA consultation on "Annual Report Contents" Document

GC100 response to consultation on guidelines on Alternative Performance Measures (APMs) in support of The Hundred Group's submission

April

GC100 response to FCA consultation paper CP14/02

February

GC100 response to FCA consultation paper CP13/15

January

GC100 response to ESMA’s policy orientations on possible implementing measures under the Market Abuse Regulation

GC100 response to FRC’s consultation on risk management, internal control and the going concern basis of accounting

2013

December

GC100 response on the Best Practice Principles for Governance Research Providers

GC100 response to FRC's consultation on directors' remuneration

November

GC100 response to FRC Exposure Draft: Guidance on the Strategic Report

Response to BIS consultation paper, Company Filing Requirements – Red Tape Challenge

GC100 response to the Competition and Markets Authority guidance Tranche 2

GC100 response to The Whistleblowing Framework – Call for Evidence

October

GC100 response to the FCA consultation CP13/7: Consequential changes to the Listing Rules

GC100 Response to consultation on Sentencing Guidelines

GC100: UK corporate corruption sentencing guidelines - case studies

September

GC100 response to consultation on Deferred Prosecution Agreement Code of Practice

Response to BIS discussion paper, Transparency & Trust: Enhancing the Transparency of UK Company Ownership and Increasing Trust in UK Business

GC100 Response to the Draft Consumer Rights Bill (Draft Bill)

August

GC100 Response to Competition Commission – Statutory Audit Services Market Investigation – provisional decision on remedies

June

GC100 response to the Competition Commission’s Statutory Audit Services Market Investigation - Notice of a Further Possible Remedy under Rule 11 of the Competition Commission’s Rules of Procedure.

GC100 response to CP 13/8: Publishing information about enforcement warning notices.

May

GC100 response to Transparency International consultation on revisions to the business principles for countering bribery.

April

GC100: FRC consultation on implementing Sharman Panel recommendations 2006

GC100 response to the consultation on proposed changes to the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE) 2006

March

GC100 response to consultation on revised remuneration reporting regulations

GC100 response Competition Commission – Statutory Audit Services Market Investigation

January

GC100 response to the Kay Review of UK Equity Markets and Long-Term Decision making – The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee's call for evidence, 12 December 2012

GC100 response to BIS Consultation on extending the range of remedies available to public enforcers of consumer law

GC100 response to FSA consultation paper CP12/25

2012

November

GC100 response to the consultation paper, The Future of Narrative Reporting – A New Structure for Narrative Reporting in the UK

October

GC100 response to Defra's consultation on greenhouse gas emissions reporting draft regulations for quoted companies July 2012 (the "Regulations")

September

GC100 response to the Takeover Panel consultations PCP 2012/1, 2012/2 and 2012/3

GC100 response to BIS consultation on revised remuneration reporting regulations

GC100 response to The Wheatley Review of LIBOR: Initial Discussion Paper

July

GC100 response to the Ministry of Justice's consultation on Deferred Prosecution Agreements for Reform

GC100 response to BIS's Consultation on Private Actions in Competition Law: Options for Reform

GC100 response to FRC consultations on the UK Corporate Governance Code, Stewardship Code and International Standards on Auditing

June

GC100 response to call for evidence on EU Women on the Board Proposals

GC100 response to ESMA Discussion Paper - An Overview of the Proxy Advisory Industry. Considerations on Possible Policy Options

May

GC100 response to Gender imbalance in corporate boards: European Commission consultation

GC100: Listing Rules Guidelines

GC100 response to FSA consultation Paper CP12/5: Quarterly consultation

April

GC100 response to FSA consultation Paper CP12/2: Amendments to the Listing Rules, Prospectus Rules, Disclosure Rules and Transparency Rules

GC100 response to BIS consultation on shareholder voting rights in relation to executive pay

GC100 response to SRA consultation on Rule 4 and 22

March

GC100 response to TI consultation on Anti-Bribery Guidance for Transactions

2011

November

FTSE UK Index Series User Consultation, November 2011

GC100: response to ESMA MAR submission – technical advice

GC100 response to the Consultation Paper on The Future of Narrative Reporting - New Reporting Framework

October

Submission from GC100 : Inquiry into the Financial Conduct Authority

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GC100 Resources

GC100 Practical Implementation of the Consumer Rights Act 2015

GC100 Cyber Security Law and Practice

FTSE 100 AGMS

GC100 Updated Listing Rules Guidelines (2015)

GC100: Directors' Conflicts of Interest Papers (2008)

GC100 Companies Act Paper (2007)

PLC AGM toolkit

Practical Law resources for company secretaries

GC100 Disclaimer

The materials on this website do not necessarily reflect the views of all individual members of the GC100 or their employing companies. Nothing in the materials represents advice by the GC100 or any of its members, Practical Law, Thomson Reuters Professional (UK) Limited, or any of the participants in any GC100 Working Group and none of the GC100, Practical Law, Thomson Reuters Professional (UK) Limited, accepts any responsibility or liability to any person for or in respect of this material. It is the responsibility of individual companies to understand and meet the relevant requirements and specific advice (legal or otherwise) should always be sought when necessary.

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