Shackleton on the Law and Practice of Meetings, 13th Edition


Shackleton on the Law and Practice of Meetings

Sep 2014

Shackleton is the indispensible guide to the law and practice of company and non-company meetings.  It logically addresses the practicalities of organising all levels of meetings, from AGM to specialised committee, dispensing invaluable advice on all aspects of the processes involved: from selecting venues, preparation and convening, conduct and minute taking all the way through to adjournment.

The book also deals with the increasingly pertinent topics of defamatory statements, breach of the peace and director’s duties. As the essential reference guide in its field the book provides the information necessary to prepare, conduct and close a meeting essential to the every-day practice of legal professionals, company secretaries, administrators, directors, local authorities and all other organisations that hold formal meetings.


  • Discusses the legal implications of public and private meetings
  • Deals with company specific forms of meetings such as members’ meetings, director’s meetings and shareholder meetings
  • Explains the resolution process and how one is reached in the context of company meetings
  • Directs the reader to the appropriate requirements in statutory specific meetings under s.425 Companies Acts
  • Provides ‘worked’ practice examples of company meetings
  • Looks at the powers and roles of the directorship at director’s meetings
  • Addresses the provisions of appointing and affirming an office holder
  • Provides worked examples of board meetings
  • Looks at the variations and requirements of a meeting involving a company entering into or already in insolvency
  • Details the appointment provisions of proxies short of the winding-up process
  • Directs the reader to the appropriate form of meeting in which to wind-up an insolvent company
  • Guides the reader through the different requirements of a local government / NGO meeting and the requirements of reporting / diligence that have to be performed
  • Provides detail on how to ensure a public meeting is properly advertised and attended
  • Identifies what a defamatory statement is, how to report one and how to deal with one
  • Provides a breakdown of the component parts of a successful meeting, what you need, how should chair and effective communication
  • Explains how to deal with breaches of the peace and how to maintain peace at meetings
  • Directs the reader to differences between private and public meetings and the requirements of each
  • Describes how to convene meetings and details how they should be constituted and conducted
  • Details various successful methods for taking and communicating minutes
  • Fully updated to take account of implementation of a number of provisions relating to Local Government courtesy of the Local Government Act 2012