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Powers of chairman

The chairman of a company's general meeting has power to adjourn the meeting to resolve an issue of who may vote. The High Court has so ruled.

The issue was whether Mr Howe held a third of the shares of the company as he claimed and the company denied.

The chairman ruled that Howe was not a shareholder and asked him and his lawyer to leave. They refused. The chairman therefore adjourned the meeting.

Case law already gives the chairman many powers to adjourn a meeting, such as when it becomes disorderly or if the room is too small. This latest case extends chairmen's powers.

Findmyclaims.com.ltd v Howe [2018] EWHC 1833 (Ch) [19.09]