Adjourning a general meeting
Adjourning a general meeting

The following Corporate guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Adjourning a general meeting
  • General meetings
  • Power to adjourn a meeting
  • Common law
  • Power under articles
  • Adjourning the meeting
  • Proceedings at the adjourned meeting
  • Postponement and cancellation

General meetings

The members of a private company can pass resolutions at general meetings of the company or by way of written resolution. The members of a public company can pass resolutions at general meetings of the company only.

There are two forms of general meetings under the Companies Act 2006 (CA 2006): annual general meetings (AGMs) and general meetings.

A general meeting of the members of a company can be called and held at any point, and any number of times, in a year so that the members may pass resolutions to carry out certain changes or approve certain actions. The articles of association of a company registered under the Companies Act 1985 may refer to 'extraordinary general meetings' (a term used to distinguish such ad hoc meetings from AGMs) although the reference to ‘extraordinary’ is absent from the CA 2006.

For further information on the calling and holding of general meetings and AGMs see Practice Notes: Calling a general meeting (including an AGM), Holding a general meeting of a private company or unlisted public company, Holding a general meeting of a listed public company, Holding an AGM of a private company or unlisted public company and Holding an AGM of a listed public company.

Power to adjourn a meeting

The power to adjourn a general meeting typically vests with