Special rules for holding company AGMs online have ended

20 Apr 2021 Denise Copeland    Last updated: 16 Sep 2021

Companies must now follow their Articles of Association in relation to the holding of general meetings.  

Special temporary rules were brought in last June by way of the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 to allow companies and mutuals to hold their AGMs and/or special general meetings online, even if their governing documents prohibited it.   This temporary measure was extended several times and ceased on the 30 March 2021 for companies and the 29 March for credit unions and other mutual societies. 

If your Articles of Association does not permit you to hold the AGM/SGM electronically then it will have to be held in person unless further temporary legislation is introduced, which at the moment, is thought unlikely.   

Anyone planning an annual or special general meeting must also adhere to the public health guidance in relation to allowing medium public gatherings.  

Please note that the company rules do not apply to unincorporated organisations which can still rely on the Charity Commission’s guidance for holding meetings.

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by Denise Copeland

Governance and Charity Advice Manager

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