Companies (Amendment) Act, 1983

Provisions supplementary to section 14 .

15.—(1) This section applies to a special resolution by a public limited company to be re-registered under section 14 as a private company.

(2) Where a special resolution to which this section applies has been passed, an application may be made to the court for the cancellation of that resolution.

(3) An application under subsection (2) may be made—

(a) by the holders of not less in the aggregate than five per cent. in nominal value of the company's issued share capital or any class thereof;

(b) if the company is not limited by shares, by not less than five per cent. of the company's members; or

(c) by not less than 50 of the company's members;

but any such application shall not be made by any person who has consented to or voted in favour of the resolution.

(4) Any such application must be made within 28 days after the passing of the resolution and may be made on behalf of the persons entitled to make the application by such one or more of their number as they may appoint in writing for the purpose.

(5) If an application is made under subsection (2), the company—

(a) shall forthwith give notice of that fact to the registrar; and

(b) where on the hearing of that application an order canceling or confirming the resolution is made under subsection (6), shall, within 15 days from the making of that order, or within such longer period as the court may at any time by order direct, deliver an office copy of the order to the registrar.

(6) On the hearing of an application under subsection (2) the court shall make an order either cancelling or confirming the resolution and—

(a) may make that order on such terms and conditions as it thinks fit, and may, if it thinks fit, adjourn the proceedings in order that an arrangement may be made to the satisfaction of the court for the purchase of the interests of dissentient members; and

(b) may give such directions and make such orders as it thinks expedient for facilitating or carrying into effect any such arrangement.

(7) An order under this section may, if the court thinks fit, provide for the purchase by the company of the shares of any members of the company and for the reduction accordingly of the company's capital and may make such alterations in the memorandum and articles of the company as may be required in consequence of that provision.

(8) Where an order under this section requires the company not to make any, or any specified, alteration in its memorandum or articles, then, notwithstanding anything in the Companies Acts, the company shall not have power without the leave of the court to make any such alteration in breach of that requirement.

(9) Any alteration in the memorandum or articles of the company made by virtue of an order under this section, other than one made by resolution of the company, shall be of the same effect as if duly made by resolution of the company, and the provisions of the Companies Acts shall apply to the memorandum or articles as so altered accordingly.

(10) A company which fails to comply with subsection (5) and any officer of the company who is in default shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £250 together with, in the case of a continuing offence, a fine not exceeding £25 for every day on which the offence continues, but not exceeding £500 in total.