Holding a general meeting—fundamentals

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

  • Holding a general meeting—fundamentals
  • Contents
  • What are the implications of the coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions for general meetings and AGMs?
  • What is the quorum for a general meeting?
  • What is the role of the chair at a general meeting?
  • What is the purpose of a chair’s script?
  • What documents should be made available at a general meeting?
  • How should a general meeting be adjourned?
  • How are resolutions proposed?
  • How are resolutions amended?
  • More...

Holding a general meeting—fundamentals

There are two forms of general meetings under the Companies Act 2006 (CA 2006): general meetings and annual general meetings (AGMs). 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. A public company must hold an AGM each year within the period of six months beginning with the date following its accounting reference date. A private company is not required to hold an AGM each year (although it may choose to do so, or its articles of association may contain provisions requiring the company to hold an AGM each year).

Detailed requirements as regards the convening and holding of a general meeting are set out in CA 2006. A company must also comply with any requirements in its articles of association in relation to convening general meetings.

In relation to the fundamentals of calling a general meeting see Calling a general meeting—fundamentals.

See further:

  1. Holding a general meeting—overview

  2. Calling and holding a general meeting or annual general meeting—checklist

Contents

What are the implications of the coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions for general meetings and AGMs?

What is the quorum for a general meeting?

What is the role of the chair at a general meeting?

What is the

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