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Companies Act 2006

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Removal of auditor

510Resolution removing auditor from office

(1)The members of a company may remove an auditor from office at any time.

(2)This power is exercisable only—

(a)by ordinary resolution at a meeting, and

(b)in accordance with section 511 (special notice of resolution to remove auditor).

(3)Nothing in this section is to be taken as depriving the person removed of compensation or damages payable to him in respect of the termination—

(a)of his appointment as auditor, or

(b)of any appointment terminating with that as auditor.

(4)An auditor may not be removed from office before the expiration of his term of office except by resolution under this section.

511Special notice required for resolution removing auditor from office

(1)Special notice is required for a resolution at a general meeting of a company removing an auditor from office.

(2)On receipt of notice of such an intended resolution the company must immediately send a copy of it to the auditor proposed to be removed.

(3)The auditor proposed to be removed may make with respect to the intended resolution representations in writing to the company (not exceeding a reasonable length) and request their notification to members of the company.

(4)The company must (unless the representations are received by it too late for it to do so)—

(a)in any notice of the resolution given to members of the company, state the fact of the representations having been made, and

(b)send a copy of the representations to every member of the company to whom notice of the meeting is or has been sent.

(5)If a copy of any such representations is not sent out as required because received too late or because of the company’s default, the auditor may (without prejudice to his right to be heard orally) require that the representations be read out at the meeting.

(6)Copies of the representations need not be sent out and the representations need not be read at the meeting if, on the application either of the company or of any other person claiming to be aggrieved, the court is satisfied that the auditor is using the provisions of this section to secure needless publicity for defamatory matter.

The court may order the company’s costs (in Scotland, expenses) on the application to be paid in whole or in part by the auditor, notwithstanding that he is not a party to the application.

512Notice to registrar of resolution removing auditor from office

(1)Where a resolution is passed under section 510 (resolution removing auditor from office), the company must give notice of that fact to the registrar within 14 days.

(2)If a company fails to give the notice required by this section, an offence is committed by—

(a)the company, and

(b)every officer of it who is in default.

(3)A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale and, for continued contravention, a daily default fine not exceeding one-tenth of level 3 on the standard scale.

513Rights of auditor who has been removed from office

(1)An auditor who has been removed by resolution under section 510 has, notwithstanding his removal, the rights conferred by section 502(2) in relation to any general meeting of the company—

(a)at which his term of office would otherwise have expired, or

(b)at which it is proposed to fill the vacancy caused by his removal.

(2)In such a case the references in that section to matters concerning the auditor as auditor shall be construed as references to matters concerning him as a former auditor.

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