Companies' records and registers
875Companies to keep copies of instruments creating charges
(1)A company must keep available for inspection a copy of every instrument creating a charge requiring registration under this Chapter, including any document delivered to the company under section 868(3)(b) (Northern Ireland: orders imposing charges affecting land).
(2)In the case of a series of uniform debentures, a copy of one of the debentures of the series is sufficient.
876Company’s register of charges
(1)Every limited company shall keep available for inspection a register of charges and enter in it—
(a)all charges specifically affecting property of the company, and
(b)all floating charges on the whole or part of the company’s property or undertaking.
(2)The entry shall in each case give a short description of the property charged, the amount of the charge and, except in the cases of securities to bearer, the names of the persons entitled to it.
(3)If an officer of the company knowingly and wilfully authorises or permits the omission of an entry required to be made in pursuance of this section, he commits an offence.
(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.
877Instruments creating charges and register of charges to be available for inspection
(1)This section applies to—
(a)documents required to be kept available for inspection under section 875 (copies of instruments creating charges), and
(b)a company’s register of charges kept in pursuance of section 876.
(2)The documents and register must be kept available for inspection—
(a)at the company’s registered office, or
(b)at a place specified in regulations under section 1136.
(3)The company must give notice to the registrar—
(a)of the place at which the documents and register are kept available for inspection, and
(b)of any change in that place,
unless they have at all times been kept at the company’s registered office.
(4)The documents and register shall be open to the inspection—
(a)of any creditor or member of the company without charge, and
(b)of any other person on payment of such fee as may be prescribed.
(5)If default is made for 14 days in complying with subsection (3) or an inspection required under subsection (4) is refused, an offence is committed by—
(a)the company, and
(b)every officer of the company who is in default.
(6)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.
(7)If an inspection required under subsection (4) is refused the court may by order compel an immediate inspection.