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Shackleton on The Law and Practice of Meetings

Shackleton on The Law and Practice of Meetings
16th Edition
ISBN:  9780414114197
Published by:  Sweet & Maxwell
Publication Date:  25 Sep 2023
Subscription Information:  Non-Subscribable Product
Format:  Hardback
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Shackleton on the Law and Practice of Meetings is a leading resource on the law and practice of company, charity and public sector meetings. It provides a complete statement of the law with detailed practical guidance on how to prepare, conduct and close a meeting essential to the every-day practice of legal professionals, company secretaries, administrators and clerks, directors, local authorities and all other organisations that hold formal meetings.


  • Discusses the legal implications of public and private meetings
  • Addresses the practical issues to be aware of when organising and managing meetings
  • Deals with specific forms of meeting such as board, committee, shareholder and public sector meetings
  • Explains different types of resolution and how these are passed in the context of meetings
  • Provides a guide as how to maintain good order and ensure fairness at meetings
  • Directs the reader to the appropriate statutory requirements under the Companies Act 2006 and other relevant legislation
  • Covers meetings of the various forms of charitable organisations
  • Considers the principles of natural justice and public sector equality duty and their outworkings in the context of information access and attendance at real and on-line meetings accessible by the general public
  • Provides ‘worked’ practice examples and checklists for company meetings
  • Looks at the powers, duties and roles of directors in the context of meetings
  • Provides guidance on the conduct of all tiers of local government meetings
  • Explains how to access information

What’s New

This new edition takes account of new legislation (Public Order Act 2023, Local Government and Elections (Wales) Act 2021; Charities Act 2022) as well as important new cases on the increased requirements for access to public information as well as in the field of meetings in insolvency situations. It also reflects the changes to the conduct of meetings post-Covid.

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  1. The Legal Right
  2. Breach of the Peace and Other Aspects of the Criminal Law
  3. The Maintenance of Order
  4. A Public Meeting
  5. Convening the Meeting
  6. Constitution and Adjournment of the Meeting
  7. The Conduct of the Meeting
  8. Minutes
  9. The Committee System
  10. The Principles of Natural Justice
  11. Applicable Law and Other Matters
  12. Members’ Meetings: Status Convention and Minutes
  13. Constituting a Members’ Meeting
  14. Member’s Meetings: Attendance and Voting
  15. Members’ Meetings: Resolutions
  16. Class Meetings
  17. Members: Electronic Communications and Technology in the Conduct of Meetings
  18. Meetings Under s.899 of Companies Act 2006 (Compromises and Arrangements)
  19. Meetings of Members of Companies: Examples in practice
  20. Powers and Duties of Directors
  21. Appointment to and Departure from Office
  22. Constitution and Conduct of Directors’ Meetings
  23. Board Meetings: Examples in Practice
  24. Decisions Procedures and Meetings in Insolvency Situations, and Arrangements Short of Winding-up
  25. Decisions and Meetings in Insolvency Situations—Winding-up
  26. Proxies and Company Representation in Insolvency Proceedings
  27. Members’ Voluntary Winding-up
  28. Meetings of Local Authorities
  29. Local Authorities and Other Bodies—Access to Meetings and Information
  30. Defamatory Statements
  31. Charities


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