484. Failure To Reappoint Auditor: Special Notice Required For Resolution At General Meeting
(1) This section applies to a resolution at a general meeting of a company with more than one member whose effect would be to appoint a person as auditor in place of a person (the “outgoing auditor”) whose term of office has ended, or is to end–
(a) in the case of a private company, at the end of the period for appointing auditors,
(b) in the case of a public company, at the end of the next accounts meeting.
(2) Special notice is required of such a resolution if–
(a) in the case of a private company–
(i) no period for appointing auditors has ended since the outgoing auditor ceased to hold office, or
(ii) such a period has ended and an auditor or auditors should have been appointed but were not,
(b) in the case of a public company–
(i) there has been no accounts meeting of the company since the outgoing auditor ceased to hold office, or
(ii) there has been an accounts meeting at which an auditor or auditors should have been appointed but were not.
(3) On receipt of notice of such an intended resolution the company shall forthwith send a copy of it to the person proposed to be appointed and to the outgoing auditor.
(4) The outgoing auditor may make with respect to the intended resolution representations in writing to the company (not exceeding a reasonable length) and request their notification to members of the company.
(5) The company must (unless the representations are received by it too late for it to do so)–
(a) in any notice of the resolution given to members of the company, state the fact of the representations having been made, and
(b) send a copy of the representations to every member of the company to whom notice of the meeting is or has been sent.
(6) If a copy of any such representations is not sent out as required because received too late or because of the company’s default, the outgoing auditor may (without prejudice to his right to be heard orally) require that the representations be read out at the meeting.
(7) Copies of the representations need not be sent out and the representations need not be read at the meeting if, on the application either of the company or of any other person claiming to be aggrieved, the Court is satisfied that the auditor is using the provisions of this section to secure needless publicity for defamatory matter.
The Court may order the company’s costs on the application to be paid in whole or in part by the outgoing auditor, notwithstanding that he is not a party to the application.