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Companies Act 1989

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The following sections are inserted in Part XII of the [1985 c. 6.] Companies Act 1985—

414Date of creation of charge

(1)References in this Part to the date of creation of a charge by a company shall be construed as follows.

(2)A charge created under the law of England and Wales shall be taken to be created—

(a)in the case of a charge created by an instrument in writing, when the instrument is executed by the company or, if its execution by the company is conditional, upon the conditions being fulfilled, and

(b)in any other case, when an enforceable agreement is entered into by the company conferring a security interest intended to take effect forthwith or upon the company acquiring an interest in property subject to the charge.

(3)A charge created under the law of Scotland shall be taken to be created—

(a)in the case of a floating charge, when the instrument creating the floating charge is executed by the company, and

(b)in any other case, when the right of the person entitled to the benefit of the charge is constituted as a real right.

(4)Where a charge is created in the United Kingdom but comprises property outside the United Kingdom, any further proceedings necessary to make the charge valid or effectual under the law of the country where the property is situated shall be disregarded in ascertaining the date on which the charge is to be taken to be created.

415Prescribed particulars and related expressions

(1)References in this Part to the prescribed particulars of a charge are to such particulars of, or relating to, the charge as may be prescribed.

(2)The prescribed particulars may, without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), include—

(a)whether the company has undertaken not to create other charges ranking in priority to or pari passu with the charge, and

(b)whether the charge is a market charge within the meaning of Part VII of the Companies Act 1989 or a charge to which the provisions of that Part apply as they apply to a market charge.

(3)References in this Part to the registered particulars of a charge at any time are to such particulars and further particulars of the charge as have at that time been duly delivered for registration.

(4)References in this Part to the registered particulars of a charge being complete and accurate at any time are to their including all the prescribed particulars which would be required to be delivered if the charge were then newly created.

416Notice of matters disclosed on register

(1)A person taking a charge over a company’s property shall be taken to have notice of any matter requiring registration and disclosed on the register at the time the charge is created.

(2)Otherwise, a person shall not be taken to have notice of any matter by reason of its being disclosed on the register or by reason of his having failed to search the register in the course of making such inquiries as ought reasonably to be made.

(3)The above provisions have effect subject to any other statutory provision as to whether a person is to be taken to have notice of any matter disclosed on the register.

417Power of court to dispense with signature

(1)Where it is proposed to deliver further particulars of a charge, or to deliver a memorandum of a charge ceasing to affect the company’s property, and—

(a)the chargee refuses to sign or authorise a person to sign on his behalf, or cannot be found, or

(b)the company refuses to authorise a person to sign on its behalf,

the court may on the application of the company or the chargee, or of any other person having a sufficient interest in the matter, authorise the delivery of the particulars or memorandum without that signature.

(2)The order may be made on such terms as appear to the court to be appropriate.

(3)Where particulars or a memorandum are delivered to the registrar for registration in reliance on an order under this section, they must be accompanied by an office copy of the order.

In such a case the references in sections 401 and 403 to the particulars or memorandum being duly signed are to their being otherwise duly signed.

(4)The registrar shall file the office copy of the court order along with the particulars or memorandum..

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