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7(1)An auditor of a building society may resign his office by depositing a notice to that effect at the principal office of the society; and any such notice operates to bring his term of office to an end on the date on which the notice is deposited, or on such later date as may be specified in it.U.K.

(2)An auditor’s notice of resignation shall not be effective unless it contains either—

(a)a statement to the effect that there are no circumstances connected with his resignation which he considers should be brought to the notice of the members of, or depositors with, the society, or

(b)a statement of any such circumstances as are mentioned above.

(3)Where a notice under this paragraph is deposited at the principal office of a building society it shall within fourteen days send a copy of that notice—

(a)to the [F1FCA and, if the society is a PRA-authorised person, the PRA] , and

(b)if the notice contains a statement under sub-paragraph (2)(b) above, to every person who under section 76(8) is entitled to receive a copy of the summary financial statement.

(4)The building society or any person claiming to be aggrieved may, within fourteen days of the receipt by the society of a notice containing a statement under sub-paragraph (2)(b), apply in accordance with sub-paragraph (5) or (6) below to—

(a)the High Court; or

(b)the [F2appropriate authority] ,

for an order that copies of the notice need not or, as the case may be, shall not be sent out.

(5)An application under this sub-paragraph is an application to the High Court on the ground that the auditor is using the notice to secure needless publicity for defamatory matter, and if the court is satisfied that the auditor is using the notice for that purpose it may by order direct that copies of it need not be sent out; and the court may further order the society’s costs on the application to be paid in whole or in part by the auditor, notwithstanding that he is not a party to the application.

(6)An application under this sub-paragraph is an application to the [F3appropriate authority] on the ground that the sending out of the notice would be likely to diminish substantially the confidence in the society of investing members of the public; and if the [F3appropriate authority] is satisfied that the sending out of the notice would be likely to have that effect it shall by order direct that copies of it shall not be sent out.

(7)The building society shall, within fourteen days of the decision of the High Court or of the [F4appropriate authority] , send to the persons mentioned in sub-paragraph (3)—

(a)if the court makes an order under sub-paragraph (5) above or the [F4appropriate authority] makes an order under sub-paragraph (6), a statement setting out the effect of the order; and

(b)if not, a copy of the notice containing the statement under sub-paragraph (2)(b).

[F5(7A)Sub-paragraphs (7B) and (7C) apply where—

(a)the reference to a notice containing a statement under sub-paragraph (2)(b) is required to be sent to a person under sub-paragraph (3)(b) or sub-paragraph (7)(b); or

(b)a statement is required to be sent under sub-paragraph (7)(a).

(7B)Where a notice or a statement is required to be sent to a person, the notice or statement may be sent to him electronically only if—

(a)in a case where a person mentioned in sub-paragraph (3)(b) has notified the society of an electronic address for the purpose of this paragraph, it is sent to that address; or

(b)in a case where no electronic address has been notified for the purpose of this paragraph, it is sent to an electronic address notified by him for the purpose of subsection (8B) of section 76 (electronic address for the reception of summary financial statement for members and depositors).

(7C)The requirement to send a notice or a statement shall also be treated as satisfied if—

(a)the society and a person mentioned in sub-paragraph (3)(b) have agreed that information that is required to be sent to him may instead be accessed by him on a web site;

(b)the agreement applies to the notice or statement in question;

(c)[F6the person] is notified of—

(i)the publication of the notice or statement on a web site,

(ii)the address of that web site, and

(iii)the place on that web site where the notice or statement may be accessed, and how it may be accessed; and

(d)the notice or statement is published on the web site throughout a period of at least 14 days, beginning with the day on which the person is notified in accordance with paragraph (c).]

(8)If default is made in complying with sub-paragraph (3) or sub-paragraph (7) the building society shall be liable—

(a)on conviction on indictment to a fine; or

(b)on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum and, in the case of a continuing offence, to a fine not exceeding [F7one tenth of the statutory maximum ] [F7one-tenth of the greater of £5,000 or the amount corresponding to level 4 on the standard scale for summary offences] for every day during which the offence continues;

and so shall any officer who is also guilty of the offence.

[F8(8A)Where, in a case in which sub-paragraph (7C) is relied on for compliance with a requirement under sub-paragraph (3) or (7)—

(a)a notice or a statement is published for a part, but not all, of the period mentioned in sub-paragraph (7C)(d), but

(b)the failure to publish it throughout that period is wholly attributable to circumstances which it would not be reasonable to have expected the society to prevent or avoid,

no offence is committed under sub-paragraph (8) by reason of that failure.]

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