Holding a general meeting of a listed public company
Holding a general meeting of a listed public company

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

  • Holding a general meeting of a listed public company
  • Holding a general meeting
  • Role of the company secretary
  • After the meeting
  • Electronic general meetings (including annual general meetings)

This Practice Note summarises the law, guidelines and market practice in relation to holding a general meeting. It is suitable for use by both practitioners and company secretaries in relation to companies with equity shares listed on the Main Market of London Stock Exchange plc (listed companies) and companies with equity shares admitted to AIM (AIM companies). For details on the notice requirements for a general meeting of a listed company or an AIM company, see Practice Note: General meetings—notice requirements for listed public companies.

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).

The CA 2006 imposes additional requirements on a public company which is also a traded company or a quoted company. This covers listed companies, but not AIM companies.

The CA 2006 also contemplates circumstances in which a private company can also be a traded company. This note focuses on general meetings of public traded companies: private traded companies are extremely rare.

Companies with a premium listing are also subject to the UK Corporate Governance Code of