Coronavirus (COVID-19)—holding general meetings and AGMs
Coronavirus (COVID-19)—holding general meetings and AGMs

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

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19)—holding general meetings and AGMs
  • Company meetings in 2021
  • Company meetings—adapting to the coronavirus crisis in 2020
  • Reviewing the impact of the coronavirus restrictions on AGMs
  • Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020
  • Meetings of ‘qualifying bodies’ (clause 35 and Schedule 14)
  • Form of meeting (paragraphs 3 and 4 of Schedule 14)
  • Extension of period for holding an AGM (paragraphs 5 and 6 of Schedule 14)
  • Best practice considerations for AGMs (BEIS/FRC updated guidance of 8 June)
  • Holding an AGM under the coronavirus restrictions (CGI Guidance)
  • More...

For broader information in relation to the calling and holding of general meetings and annual general meetings (AGMs) see:

  1. Calling a general meeting (including an AGM)

  2. Holding a general meeting of a private company or unlisted public company

  3. Holding a general meeting of a listed public company

  4. Holding an AGM of a private company or unlisted public company

  5. Holding an AGM of a listed public company

See our Coronavirus (COVID-19)—AGM tracker for details of how FTSE 350 and AIM 50 companies are responding to the crisis and associated regulatory guidance, including links to the relevant Notices of AGM, revised notices, announcements and company websites.

Company meetings in 2021

Guidance and advice relating to company meetings during the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve. This section references the latest guidance issued in 2021 but readers should also note the section below which describes the various sources of law and guidance that appeared during 2020.

On 24 February 2021 the Chartered Governance Institute issued updated guidance (2021 Guidance) which anticipates that general meetings will be required to be held on a closed basis until at least 17 May 2021 and possibly until at least 21 June. The 2021 Guidance is produced by a working group comprising the City of London Law Society Company Law Committee and Martin Moore QC, with the support of the Department for Business, Energy and

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