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52 Applications to court.U.K.

(1)Where the [F1Authority] has reason to believe that any of the conditions mentioned in subsection (2) below is satisfied, it may present a petition to the High Court for the winding up of the society under the applicable winding up legislation.

(2)The conditions referred to in subsection (1) above are—

(a)that a friendly society is carrying on activities that are not activities which such a society is permitted by this Act or the 1974 Act to carry on;

(b)that the society is not carrying on any activity falling within Schedule 2 to this Act;

[F2(c)that the society is failing to satisfy any obligation to which it is subject by virtue of any provision of the law of any EEA State other than the United Kingdom which–

(i)gives effect to the general insurance or life Directives; or

(ii)is otherwise applicable to the insurance activities of the society in that State;]

(d). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

and a court shall not make an order for the winding up of a society by virtue of this section unless it is satisfied that one or more of those conditions is satisfied.

(3)Where the [F1Authority] has reason to believe that any of the conditions mentioned in subsection [F3(2)] is satisfied, it may make an application to the High Court for an order under subsection (5) below.

[F4(4)A court may not make an order under subsection (5) unless it is satisfied that one or more of the conditions mentioned in subsection (2) are satisfied.]

(5)An order under this subsection is an order directing the society to modify its business as directed in the order or to take such other steps as may be so directed F5. . ..

(6)Where a court makes an order under subsection (5) above, the [F6Authority shall keep a copy of the order in the public file of the society.].

(7)The power to present a petition or to make an application for an order under subsection (5) above is available to the [F1Authority] whether or not it has previously presented a petition or made an application for such an order, as the case may be.

(8)In the application of this section to a friendly society whose registered office is in Scotland or Northern Ireland, references to the High Court shall be read as references to the Court of Session or, as the case may be, the High Court in Northern Ireland.

(9)In this section “the applicable winding up legislation”, in relation to an incorporated friendly society, has the same meaning as in section 23 above and, in relation to a registered friendly society, means Part V of the M1Insolvency Act 1986 or (where the society’s registered office is in Northern Ireland) Part VI of the M2Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 1989.

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F1Words in s. 52(1)(3)(7) substituted (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2, 8(1), 13(1), Sch. 3 para. 69(a) (with art. 13(3), Sch. 5); S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

F2S. 52(2)(c) substituted (1.9.1994) by S.I. 1994/1984 reg. 12

F3Words in s. 52(3) substituted (1.12.2001) by 2000 c. 8, ss. 334, 336, 338, Sch. 18 Pt. II para. 15(3), S.I.2001/3538, art. 2(1)

F4S. 52(4) substituted (1.12.2001) by 2000 c. 8, ss. 334, 336, 338, Sch. 18 Pt. II para. 15(4), S.I. 2001/3538, art.2(1)

F5Words in s. 52(5) repealed (1.12.2001) by 2000 c. 8, ss. 334, 336, 338, Sch. 18 Pt. II para. 15(5), Sch. 22, S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

F6Words in s. 52(6) substituted (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2, 8(1), 13(1), Sch. 3 para. 69(b) (with art. 13(3), Sch. 5); S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Commencement Information

I1S. 52 wholly in force; s. 52 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 126(2); s. 52 in force for certain purposes at 13.1.1993 by S.I. 1993/16, art. 2, Sch. 1; s. 52 in force for all remaining purposes at 28.4.1993 by S.I. 1993/1186, art. 2(2), Sch. 2

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