Calling a general meeting (including an AGM)
Calling a general meeting (including an AGM)

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

  • Calling a general meeting (including an AGM)
  • Calling a general meeting
  • Directors' power to call a general meeting
  • Members' power to requisition a general meeting at the company's expense
  • Court's power to call a general meeting
  • Requirement to call an annual general meeting

This Practice Note summarises the law in relation to calling a general meeting of a private company limited by shares or a public company limited by shares. It is also suitable for companies with equity shares listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange and companies with equity shares admitted to AIM.

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 in order for the members to pass resolutions to carry out certain changes or approve certain actions. Detailed requirements as regards the convening and holding of a general meeting are set out in the Companies Act 2006 (CA 2006). A company must also comply with any requirements in its articles of association in relation to convening general meetings.

For details on the notice requirements for a general meeting of:

  1. a private or unlisted public company, see Practice Note: General meetings—notice requirements for private and unlisted public companies

  2. a listed company or an AIM company, see Practice Note: General meetings—notice requirements for listed public companies

For information on the law, guidance and market practice of holding a general meeting of:

  1. a private or unlisted public company, see Practice Note: Holding a general meeting of a private company or unlisted public company

  2. a listed company or an AIM company, see

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