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Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act (Northern Ireland) 1969

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[F17DTransactions with committee members and other persons in excess of powersN.I.

(1)This section applies where a registered society enters into a transaction to which the parties include—

(a)a member of the committee of the society, or

(b)a person connected with such a member F2. . . ,

and the committee of the society, in connection with the transaction, exceeds any limitation on its powers under the society's registered rules.

(2)The transaction shall be voidable at the instance of the society.

(3)Whether or not it is avoided, any such party to the transaction as is mentioned in subsection (1)(a) or (b), and any member of the committee who authorised the transaction, shall be liable—

(a)to account to the society for any gain which he has made directly or indirectly by the transaction; and

(b)to indemnify the society for any loss or damage resulting from the transaction.

(4)Nothing in this section shall be construed as excluding the operation of any other statutory provision or rule of law by virtue of which the transaction may be called in question or any liability to the society may arise.

(5)The transaction shall cease to be voidable if—

(a)restitution of any money or other asset which was the subject matter of the transaction is no longer possible; or

(b)the society is indemnified for any loss or damage resulting from the transaction; or

(c)rights acquired bona fide for value and without actual notice of the committee's exceeding its powers by a person who is not party to the transaction would be affected by the avoidance; or

(d)the transaction is ratified by the society in general meeting in such a way as the case may require.

(6)A person other than a member of the committee shall not be liable under subsection (3) if he shows that at the time the transaction was entered into he did not know that the committee was exceeding its powers.

(7)This section shall not affect the operation of section 7B in relation to any party to the transaction not within subsection (1)(a) or (b) of this section.

(8)But where a transaction is voidable by virtue of this section and valid by virtue of section 7B in favour of such a person, the court may, on the application of that person or of the society, make such order affirming, severing or setting aside the transaction, on such terms, as appear to the court to be just.]

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