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CHAPTER 4Meetings

Quorum at meeting of creditors

173.—(1) Any meeting of creditors in postal administration proceedings is competent to act if a quorum is present.

(2) Subject to the next paragraph, a quorum is at least one creditor entitled to vote.

(3) For the purposes of this Rule, the reference to the creditor necessary to constitute a quorum is to those persons present or represented by proxy by any person (including the chair) and includes corporations duly represented.

(4) Where at any meeting of creditors—

(a)the provisions of this Rule as to a quorum being present are satisfied by the attendance of—

(i)the chair alone, or

(ii)one other person in addition to the chair, and

(b)the chair is aware, by virtue of proofs and proxies received or otherwise, that one or more additional persons would, if attending, be entitled to vote,

the meeting must not commence until at least the expiry of 15 minutes after the time appointed for its commencement.

Remote attendance at meetings of creditors

174.—(1) This Rule applies to a request to the convener of a meeting under section 246A(9)(1) of the 1986 Act to specify a place for the meeting.

(2) The request must be accompanied by—

(a)in the case of a request by creditors, a list of the creditors making or concurring with the request and the amounts of their respective debts in the postal administration proceedings in question,

(b)in the case of a request by members, a list of the members making or concurring with the request and their voting rights, and

(c)from each person concurring, written confirmation of that person’s concurrence.

(3) The request must be made within 7 business days of the date on which the convener sent the notice of the meeting in question.

(4) Where the convener considers that the request has been properly made in accordance with the 1986 Act and this Rule, the convener must—

(a)give notice to all those previously given notice of the meeting—

(i)that it is to be held at a specified place, and

(ii)as to whether the date and time are to remain the same or not;

(b)set a venue (including specification of a place) for the meeting, the date of which must be not later than 28 days after the original date for the meeting; and

(c)give at least 14 days’ notice of that venue to all those previously given notice of the meeting;

and the notices required by sub-paragraphs (a) and (c) may be given at the same or different times.

(5) Where the convener has specified a place for the meeting in response to a request to which this Rule applies, the chair of the meeting must attend the meeting by being present in person at that place.

Action where person excluded

175.—(1) In this Rule and Rules 176 and 177 an “excluded person” means a person who—

(a)has taken all steps necessary to attend a meeting under the arrangements put in place to do so by the convener of the meeting under section 246A(6) of the 1986 Act; and

(b)those arrangements do not permit that person to attend the whole or part of that meeting.

(2) Where the chair becomes aware during the course of the meeting that there is an excluded person, the chair may—

(a)continue the meeting;

(b)declare the meeting void and convene the meeting again;

(c)declare the meeting valid up to the point where the person was excluded and adjourn the meeting.

(3) Where the chair continues the meeting, the meeting is valid unless—

(a)the chair decides in consequence of a complaint under Rule 177 to declare the meeting void and hold the meeting again; or

(b)the court directs otherwise.

(4) Without prejudice to paragraph (2) of this Rule, where the chair becomes aware during the course of the meeting that there is an excluded person, the chair may, in the chair’s discretion and without an adjournment, declare the meeting suspended for any period up to 1 hour.

Indication to excluded person

176.—(1) A person who claims to be an excluded person may request an indication of what occurred during the period of that person’s claimed exclusion (an “indication”).

(2) A request under paragraph (1) of this Rule must be made as soon as reasonably practicable and, in any event, no later than 4.00 pm on the business day following the day on which the exclusion is claimed to have occurred.

(3) A request under paragraph (1) of this Rule must be made to—

(a)the chair, where it is made during the course of the business of the meeting; or

(b)the postal administrator where it is made after the conclusion of the business of the meeting.

(4) Where satisfied that the person making the request is an excluded person, the person to whom the request is made under paragraph (3) of this Rule must give the indication as soon as reasonably practicable and, in any event, no later than 4.00 pm on the business day following the day on which the request was made under paragraph (1) of this Rule.

Complaint

177.—(1) Any person who—

(a)is, or claims to be, an excluded person; or

(b)attends the meeting (in person or by proxy) and considers that they have been adversely affected by a person’s actual, apparent or claimed exclusion,

(“the complainant”) may make a complaint.

(2) The person to whom the complaint must be made (“the relevant person”) is—

(a)the chair, where it is made during the course of the meeting; or

(b)the postal administrator, where it is made after the meeting.

(3) The relevant person must—

(a)consider whether there is an excluded person; and

(b)where satisfied that there is an excluded person, consider the complaint; and

(c)where satisfied that there has been prejudice, take such action as the relevant person considers fit to remedy the prejudice.

(4) Paragraph (5) of this Rule applies where—

(a)the relevant person is satisfied that the complainant is an excluded person;

(b)during the period of the person’s exclusion—

(i)a resolution was put to the meeting; and

(ii)voted on; and

(c)the excluded person asserts how the excluded person intended to vote on the resolution.

(5) Subject to paragraph (6) of this Rule, where satisfied that the effect of the intended vote in paragraph (4) of this Rule, if cast, would have changed the result of the resolution, the relevant person must—

(a)count the intended vote as being cast in accordance with the complainant’s stated intention;

(b)amend the record of the result of the resolution; and

(c)where those entitled to attend the meeting have been notified of the result of the resolution, notify them of the change.

(6) Where satisfied that more than one complainant in paragraph (4) of this Rule is an excluded person, the relevant person must have regard to the combined effect of the intended votes.

(7) The relevant person must notify the complainant in writing of any decision.

(8) A complaint must be made as soon as reasonably practicable and, in any event, no later than 4 pm on the business day following—

(a)the day on which the person was, appeared or claimed to be excluded; or

(b)where an indication is sought under Rule 176, the day on which the complainant received the indication.

(9) A complainant who is not satisfied by the action of the relevant person may apply to the court for directions and any application must be made no more than 2 business days from the date of receiving the decision of the relevant person.

(1)

Section 246A was inserted by S.I. 2010/18, Articles 2 and 3(1).

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