THE INSTITUTE OF COMPANY SECRETARIES OF INDIA
(Constituted under the Company Secretaries Act, 1980)
ICSI Guideline No 5 of January, 2017
[Pursuant to Clause (1) of Part II of the Second Schedule to the Company Secretaries Act, 1980 as amended]
GUIDELINES FOR ADVERTISEMENT BY COMPANY SECRETARY IN PRACTICE
In exercise of the powers conferred by Clause (1) of Part II of the Second Schedule to the Company Secretaries Act, 1980 (56 of 1980), as amended by the Company Secretaries (Amendment) Act, 2006, the Council of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India hereby issues the following guidelines:-
1.1 The Institute of Company Secretaries of India, (the Institute) constituted under the Company Secretaries Act, 1980 (the Act) is a statutory body to develop and regulate the profession of company secretaries in India. Members of the Institute who hold the Certificate of Practice issued by it are authorised to practise the profession of Company Secretaries and these members are known as Company Secretaries in Practice.
1.2 The areas in which the Company Secretaries in Practice can and do render their services and the names, addresses and other particulars of Company Secretaries in Practice are displayed on the website of the Institute.
1.3 Members of the Institute are required under the Act to maintain high standards of professional conduct.
1.4 Part I of the First schedule of the Company Secretaries Act, 1980, enumerates professional misconduct in relation to a member in practice and inter-alia includes if such a member:
(6) solicits clients or professional work, either directly or indirectly, by circular, advertisement, personal communication or interview or by any other means :
Provided that nothing herein contained shall be construed as preventing or prohibiting –
(i) any Company Secretary from applying or requesting for or inviting or securing professional work from another Company Secretary in Practice; or
(ii) a member from responding to tenders or enquiries issued by various users of professional services or organizations from time to time and securing professional work as a consequence;
(7) advertises his professional attainments or services, or uses any designation or expressions other than Company Secretary on professional documents, visiting cards, letterheads or sign boards, unless it be a degree of a University established by law in India or recognized by the Central Government or a title indicating membership of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India or of any other institution that has been recognized by the Central Government or may be recognized by the Council
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