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Company Law

Company Law (2nd edn)

Lee Roach
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date: 12 April 2024

p. 35314. Meetings and investor engagementlocked

p. 35314. Meetings and investor engagementlocked

  • Lee RoachLee RoachSenior Lecturer, University of Portsmouth


This chapter examines the role and importance of general meetings, the significant body of procedural rules by which general meetings are run, and the extent to which a company’s members actually engage with general meetings. Members make decisions in one of two ways: through a resolution or by unanimous assent. A resolution is simply a vote that requires a specified majority vote in its favour in order to be passed. The resolutions of public companies must be passed at meetings, whereas resolutions of private companies can be passed at meetings or via a written resolution. In some cases, companies are required to hold a class meeting in which only one class of member is entitled to attend. To encourage institutional investors to engage more, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has published the UK Stewardship Code.

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