487. Rights of resigning auditor

(1) This section applies where an auditor's notice of resignation is accompanied by a statement of the circumstances connected with his resignation (see section 488 (statement by auditor to be deposited with LLP).
(2) A resigning auditor may deposit with the notice a signed requisition calling on the members of the LLP forthwith duly to convene a meeting of the LLP for the purpose of receiving and considering such explanation of the circumstances connected with his resignation as he may wish to place before the meeting.
(3) A resigning auditor may request the LLP to circulate to its members before the meeting convened on his requisition a statement in writing (not exceeding a reasonable length) of the circumstances connected with his resignation.
(4) The LLP must (unless the statement is received too late for it to comply) —
(a) in any notice of the meeting given to members of the LLP, state the fact of the statement having been made, and
(b) send a copy of the statement to every member of the LLP to whom notice of the meeting is or has been sent.
(5) The members must within 21 days from the date of the deposit of a requisition under this section proceed duly to convene a meeting for a day not more than 28 days after the date on which the notice convening the meeting is given.
(6) If default is made in complying with subsection (5), every member who failed to take all reasonable steps to secure that a meeting was convened commits a contravention of the Companies Regulations.
(7) A person who commits the contravention referred to in subsection (6) shall be liable to a level 3 fine.
(8) If a copy of the statement mentioned above is not sent out as required because received too late or because of the LLP's default, the auditor may (without prejudice to his right to be heard orally) require that the statement be read out at the meeting.
(9) Copies of a statement need not be sent out and the statement need not be read out at the meeting if, on the application either of the LLP or of any other person who claims 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 LLP's costs on such an application to be paid in whole or in part by the auditor, notwithstanding that he is not a party to the application.
(10) An auditor who has resigned has, notwithstanding his resignation, the rights conferred by section 473(2) (auditor's rights in relation to meetings) in relation to any such meeting of the LLP as is mentioned in subsection (3) above. In such a case the references in that section to matters concerning the auditor as auditor shall be construed as references to matters concerning him as a former auditor.