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Companies Act 1989

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27Ineligibility on ground of lack of independence

(1)A person is ineligible for appointment as company auditor of a company if he is—

(a)an officer or employee of the company, or

(b)a partner or employee of such a person, or a partnership of which such a person is a partner,

or if he is ineligible by virtue of paragraph (a) or (b) for appointment as company auditor of any associated undertaking of the company.

For this purpose an auditor of a company shall not be regarded as an officer or employee of the company.

(2)A person is also ineligible for appointment as company auditor of a company if there exists between him or any associate of his and the company or any associated undertaking a connection of any such description as may be specified by regulations made by the Secretary of State.

The regulations may make different provisions for different cases.

(3)In this section “associated undertaking”, in relation to a company, means—

(a)a parent undertaking or subsidiary undertaking of the company, or

(b)a subsidiary undertaking of any parent undertaking of the company.

(4)Regulations under this section shall be made by statutory instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

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