Circumstances in which application to be withdrawn
‘(1) This section applies where, at any time on or after the day on which a company makes an application under section (Striking off on application by company) and before the day on which the application is finally dealt with or withdrawn—
(a) the company—
(i) changes its name,
(ii) trades or otherwise carries on business,
(iii) makes a disposal for value of any property or rights other than those which it was necessary or expedient for it to hold for the purpose of making, or proceeding with, an application under that section, or
(iv) engages in any activity, except one to which subsection (3) applies;
(b) an application is made to the court under Part (Arrangements and reconstructions) on behalf of the company for the sanctioning of a compromise or arrangement;
(c) a voluntary arrangement in relation to the company is proposed under Part 1 of the Insolvency Act 1986 (c.45) or Part 2 of the Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 (S.I.1989/2405(N.I.19));
(d) an application to the court for an administration order in respect of the company is made under paragraph 12 of Schedule B1 to that Act or paragraph 13 of Schedule B1 to that Order;
(e) an administrator is appointed in respect of the company under paragraph 14 or 22 of Schedule B1 to that Act or paragraph 15 or 23 of Schedule B1 to that Order, or a copy of notice of intention to appoint an administrator of the company under any of those provisions is filed with the court;
(f) there arise any of the circumstances in which, under section 84(1) of that Act or Article 70 of that Order, the company may be voluntarily wound up;
(g) a petition is presented for the winding up of the company by the court under Part 4 of that Act or Part 5 of that Order;
(h) a receiver or manager of the company’s property is appointed; or
(i) a judicial factor is appointed to administer the company’s estate.
(2) A person who, at the end of a day on which any of the events mentioned in subsection (1) occurs, is a director of the company must secure that the company’s application is withdrawn forthwith.
(3) For the purposes of subsection (1)(a), a company is not treated as trading or otherwise carrying on business by virtue only of the fact that it makes a payment in respect of a liability incurred in the course of trading or otherwise carrying on business.
(4) The excepted activities referred to in subsection (1)(a)(iv) are—
(a) any activity necessary or expedient—
(i) for the purpose of making, or proceeding with, an application under section (Striking off on application by company), or
(ii) for the purpose of concluding affairs of the company that are outstanding because of what has been necessary or expedient for the purpose of making, or proceeding with, such an application;
(b) any activity necessary or expedient for the purpose of complying with any statutory requirement;
(c) any activity specified by the Secretary of State by order for the purposes of this subsection.
An order under paragraph (c) is subject to negative resolution procedure.
(5) A person who fails to perform the duty imposed on him by this section commits an offence.
(6) In proceedings for an offence under this section it is a defence for the accused to prove—
(a) that at the time of the failure he was not aware of the fact that the company had made an application under section (Striking off on application by company), or
(b) that he took all reasonable steps to perform the duty.
(7) A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable—
(a) on conviction on indictment, to a fine;
(b) on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum.’.—[Margaret Hodge.]