• Main Provisions

    • 858. Petition By Company Member

      (1) A member of a company may apply to the Court by petition for an order under this Part on the ground–
      (a) that the company’s affairs are being or have been conducted in a manner that is unfairly prejudicial to the interests of members generally or of some part of its members (including at least himself), or
      (b) that an actual or proposed act or omission of the company (including an act or omission on its behalf) is or would be so prejudicial.
      (2) For the purposes of subsection (1)(a), a removal of the company’s auditor from office– on grounds of divergence of opinions on accounting treatments or audit procedures, or
      (a) on any other improper grounds,
           shall be treated as being unfairly prejudicial to the interests of some part of the company’s members.
      (3) The provisions of this Part apply to a person who is not a member of a company but to whom shares in the company have been transferred or transmitted by operation of law as they apply to a member of a company.

    • 859. Petition By The Board

      (1) This section applies to a company in respect of which–
      (a) the Board has exercised its powers of investigation under these Regulations, or
      (b) the Board has received a report from an investigator appointed by it under that Part.
      (2) If it appears to the Board that in the case of such a company–
      (a) the company’s affairs are being or have been conducted in a manner that is unfairly prejudicial to the interests of members generally or of some part of its members, or
      (b) an actual or proposed act or omission of the company (including an act or omission on its behalf) is or would be so prejudicial,
           it may apply to the Court by petition for an order under this Part.
      (3) The Board may do this in addition to, or instead of, presenting a petition for the winding up of the company.
      (4) In this section, and so far as applicable for the purposes of this section in the other provisions of this Part, “company” means any body corporate that is liable to be wound up under the Insolvency Regulations 2015.

    • 860. Powers Of The Court Under This Part

      (1) If the Court is satisfied that a petition under this Part is well founded, it may make such order as it thinks fit for giving relief in respect of the matters complained of.
      (2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), the Court’s order may–
      (a) regulate the conduct of the company’s affairs in the future,
      (b) require the company–
      (i) to refrain from doing or continuing an act complained of, or
      (ii) to do an act that the petitioner has complained it has omitted to do,
      (c) authorise civil proceedings to be brought in the name and on behalf of the company by such person or persons and on such terms as the Court may direct,
      (d) require the company not to make any, or any specified, alterations in its articles without the leave of the Court,
      (e) provide for the purchase of the shares of any members of the company by other members or by the company itself and, in the case of a purchase by the company itself, the reduction of the company’s capital accordingly.