286. Application for permission to continue derivative claim brought by another eligible member
(1) This section applies where an eligible member of a company ("the claimant")—
(a) has brought a derivative claim,
(b) has continued as a derivative claim a claim brought by the company, or
(c) has continued a derivative claim under this section.
(2) Another eligible member of the company ("the applicant") may apply to the Court for permission to continue the claim on the ground that—
(a) the manner in which the proceedings have been commenced or continued by the claimant amounts to an abuse of the process of the Court,
(b) the claimant has failed to prosecute the claim diligently, and
(c) it is appropriate for the applicant to continue the claim as a derivative claim.
(3) If it appears to the Court that the application and the evidence filed by the applicant in support of it do not disclose a prima facie case for giving permission, the Court —
(a) must dismiss the application, and
(b) may make any consequential order it considers appropriate.
(4) If the application is not dismissed under subsection (3), the Court—
(a) may give directions as to the evidence to be provided by the company, and
(b) may adjourn the proceedings to enable the evidence to be obtained.
(5) On hearing the application, the Court may—
(a) give permission to continue the claim on such terms as it thinks fit,
(b) refuse permission and dismiss the application, or
(c) adjourn the proceedings on the application and give such directions as it thinks fit.