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Companies Act 2006

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Chapter 4Public companies: additional requirements for AGMs

336Public companies: annual general meeting

(1)Every public company must hold a general meeting as its annual general meeting in each period of 6 months beginning with the day following its accounting reference date (in addition to any other meetings held during that period).

(2)A company that fails to comply with subsection (1) as a result of giving notice under section 392 (alteration of accounting reference date)—

(a)specifying a new accounting reference date, and

(b)stating that the current accounting reference period or the previous accounting reference period is to be shortened,

shall be treated as if it had complied with subsection (1) if it holds a general meeting as its annual general meeting within 3 months of giving that notice.

(3)If a company fails to comply with subsection (1), an offence is committed by every officer of the company who is in default.

(4)A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable—

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

(b)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum.

337Public companies: notice of AGM

(1)A notice calling an annual general meeting of a public company must state that the meeting is an annual general meeting.

(2)An annual general meeting may be called by shorter notice than that required by section 307(2) or by the company’s articles (as the case may be), if all the members entitled to attend and vote at the meeting agree to the shorter notice.

338Public companies: members' power to require circulation of resolutions for AGMs

(1)The members of a public company may require the company to give, to members of the company entitled to receive notice of the next annual general meeting, notice of a resolution which may properly be moved and is intended to be moved at that meeting.

(2)A resolution may properly be moved at an annual general meeting unless—

(a)it would, if passed, be ineffective (whether by reason of inconsistency with any enactment or the company’s constitution or otherwise),

(b)it is defamatory of any person, or

(c)it is frivolous or vexatious.

(3)A company is required to give notice of a resolution once it has received requests that it do so from—

(a)members representing at least 5% of the total voting rights of all the members who have a right to vote on the resolution at the annual general meeting to which the requests relate (excluding any voting rights attached to any shares in the company held as treasury shares), or

(b)at least 100 members who have a right to vote on the resolution at the annual general meeting to which the requests relate and hold shares in the company on which there has been paid up an average sum, per member, of at least £100.

See also section 153 (exercise of rights where shares held on behalf of others).

(4)A request—

(a)may be in hard copy form or in electronic form,

(b)must identify the resolution of which notice is to be given,

(c)must be authenticated by the person or persons making it, and

(d)must be received by the company not later than—

(i)6 weeks before the annual general meeting to which the requests relate, or

(ii)if later, the time at which notice is given of that meeting.

339Public companies: company’s duty to circulate members' resolutions for AGMs

(1)A company that is required under section 338 to give notice of a resolution must send a copy of it to each member of the company entitled to receive notice of the annual general meeting—

(a)in the same manner as notice of the meeting, and

(b)at the same time as, or as soon as reasonably practicable after, it gives notice of the meeting.

(2)Subsection (1) has effect subject to section 340(2) (deposit or tender of sum in respect of expenses of circulation).

(3)The business which may be dealt with at an annual general meeting includes a resolution of which notice is given in accordance with this section.

(4)In the event of default in complying with this section, an offence is committed by every officer of the company who is in default.

(5)A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable—

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

(b)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum.

340Public companies: expenses of circulating members' resolutions for AGM

(1)The expenses of the company in complying with section 339 need not be paid by the members who requested the circulation of the resolution if requests sufficient to require the company to circulate it are received before the end of the financial year preceding the meeting.

(2)Otherwise—

(a)the expenses of the company in complying with that section must be paid by the members who requested the circulation of the resolution unless the company resolves otherwise, and

(b)unless the company has previously so resolved, it is not bound to comply with that section unless there is deposited with or tendered to it, not later than—

(i)six weeks before the annual general meeting to which the requests relate, or

(ii)if later, the time at which notice is given of that meeting,

a sum reasonably sufficient to meet its expenses in complying with that section.

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