(As adopted by a special resolution approved on 14th January 1997)
1. The regulations contained or incorporated in Table A in the Schedule to the Companies (Tables A to F) Regulations 1985 (such Table being hereinafter called "Table A") shall apply to the Company save in so far as they are excluded or varied hereby and such Regulations (save as so excluded or varied) and the Articles hereinafter contained shall be the Regulations of the Company.
2. Regulations 2 to 35 (inclusive),54, 55, 57, 102 to 108 (inclusive), 110, 114, 116 and 117 in Table A shall not apply to the Company.
3. In these Articles the expression "the Act" means the Companies Act 1985 as amended by the Companies Act 1989, but so that any reference in these Articles to any provision of the Act shall be deemed to include a reference to any statutory modification or re-enactment of that provision for he time being in force.
4. Clause 1 in Table A shall be read and construed as if the definition of "the holder" were omitted therefrom.
5. The subscribers to the Memorandum of Association of the Company and such other persons as are admitted to membership in accordance with these Articles shall be members of the Company. No person shall be admitted as a Member of the Company unless he is approved by the Directors. Every person who wishes to become a member shall deliver to the company an application for membership in such form as the Directors require, executed by him.
6. A Member may at any time withdraw from the Company by giving at least seven clear days' notice to the Company. Membership shall not be transferable and shall cease on death.
7. An Annual General Meeting or a meeting called for the passing of a special resolution shall be called by twenty one days notice in writing at the least. Any other meeting of the Company shall be called by fourteen days' notice in writing at the least.
8. The accidental omission to give notice of a meeting to, or the non-receipt of notice of a meeting by, any person entitled to receive notice shall not invalidate the proceedings at that meeting.
9. No business shall be transacted at any General Meeting unless a quorum of members is present at the time when the meeting proceeds to business; save as herein otherwise provided five members present shall be a quorum.
10. All business shall be deemed special that is transacted at an Extraordinary General Meeting, and also that is transacted at an Annual General Meeting with the exception of the consideration of the accounts and balance sheets and the reports of the Directors and Auditors, the election of Directors in place of those retiring and the appointment of, and the fixing of the remuneration of, the Auditors.
11. If within half an hour of the time appointed for the meeting a quorum is not present, the meeting, if convened upon the requisition of members, shall be dissolved; in any other case it shall stand adjourned to the same day in the next week, at the same time or place or to such other day and at such other time and place as the Directors may determine, and if at the adjourned meeting a quorum is not present within half an hour from the time appointed for the meeting, the members present shall be a quorum.
12. The Chairman, if any, of the Board of Directors shall preside as Chairman at every General Meeting of the Company, or if there is no such Chairman, or if he shall not be present within fifteen minutes after the time appointed for the holding of the meeting, or is unwilling to act, the Directors present shall elect one of their number to be Chairman of the meeting.
13. If at any meeting no Director is willing to act as Chairman or if no Director is present within fifteen minutes after the time appointed for holding the meeting, the members present shall choose one of their number to be Chairman of the meeting.
14. The Chairman may with consent of any meeting at which a quorum is present (and shall if so directed by the meeting) adjourn the meeting from time to time and from place to place, but no business shall be transacted at any adjourned meeting other than the business left unfinished at the meeting from which the adjournment took place. When a meeting is adjourned for thirty days or more, notice of the adjourned meeting shall be given as in the case of an original meeting. Save as aforesaid it shall not be necessary to give any notice of an adjournment or of the business to be transacted at an adjourned meeting.
15. At any General Meeting a resolution put to the vote of the meeting shall be decided on a show of hands unless a poll (before or on the declaration of the result of the show of hands) is demanded :-
(a) by the Chairman, or
(b) by at least three members present in person or by proxy.
Unless a poll be so demanded, a declaration by the Chairman that a resolution has on the show of hands been carried unanimously, or by a particular majority, or lost and an entry to that effect has been entered in the book containing the minutes of the proceedings of the Company shall be conclusive evidence of the fact without proof of the number or proportion of the votes recorded in favour of or against such resolution.
The demand for a poll may be withdrawn.
16. If a poll is duly demanded it shall be taken in such manner as the Chairman directs, and the result of the poll shall be deemed to be the resolution of the meeting at which the poll was demanded.
17. The Chairman of the meeting at which the show of hands takes place or at which the poll is demanded shall have a second or casting vote.
18. A poll demanded on the election of a Chairman or on a question of adjournment shall be taken forthwith. A poll demanded on any other question shall be taken at such time as the Chairman of the meeting directs, and any business, other than that upon which a poll has been demanded, may be proceeded pending the taking of the poll.
19. On a show of hands, every member present in person shall have one vote. On a poll every member present in person or by proxy shall have one vote.
20. (a) Regulation 64 in Table A shall not apply to the Company.
(b) The maximum number and minimum number respectively of the Directors may be determined from time to time by Ordinary Resolution of the members in General Meeting. Subject to and in default of any such determination there shall be no maximum number of Directors and the minimum of Directors shall be four.
(c) Regulation 83 in Table A shall be read and construed as if the words "of any class of shares or" were omitted therefrom.
(d) No person shall be appointed a Director at any General Meeting unless either :-
(i) he is recommended by the Directors, or
(ii) not less than fourteen nor more than thirty-five clear days before the date appointed for the General Meeting, notice executed by a Member qualified to vote at the General Meeting has been given to the Company of the intention to propose that person for appointment, together with notice executed by that person of his willingness to be appointed.
(e) Subject to paragraph (d) above, the Company may by Ordinary Resolution in General Meeting appoint any person who is willing to act to be a Director, either to fill a vacancy or as an additional Director.
(f) The Directors may appoint a person who is willing to act to be a Director, either to fill a casual vacancy or as an additional Director provided that the appointment does not cause the number of Directors to exceed any number determined in accordance with paragraph (b) above as the maximum number of Directors and for the time being in force.
21. Any appointment or removal of an alternate Director may be made by letter, cable, telex, telegram, facsimile or radiogram or in any other manner approved by the Directors. Any cable, telex, telegram, facsimile or radiogram shall be confirmed as soon as possible by letter but is a valid appointment in the meantime. Accordingly Regulation 68 in Table A shall not apply to the Company.
22. The Directors may exercise all the powers of the Company to borrow money without limit as to the amount and upon such terms and in such manner as they think fit, and to grant any mortgage, charge or standard security over its undertaking and property, or any part therof, and to issue debentures, whether outright or as security for any debt, liability or obligation of the Company or of any third party.
23. Any Director or member of a committee of the Directors may participate in a meeting of the Directors or such committee by means of conference telephone or similar communications equipment whereby all persons meeting in this manner shall be deemed to constitute presence in person at such meeting.
24. (a) An alternate Director shall not be entitled as such to receive any remuneration from the Company, save that he may be paid by the Company such part (if any) of the remuneration otherwise payable to his appointor as such appointor may by notice in writing to the Company from time to time direct, and the first sentence of Regulation 66 in Table A shall be modified accordingly.
(b) A Director, or any such other person as is mentioned in Regulation 65 in Table A, may act as an alternate Director to represent more than one Director, and an alternate Director shall be entitled at any meeting of the Directors or of any Committee of the Directors to one vote for every Director whom he represents in addition to his own vote (if any) as Director, but he shall count as only one for the purpose of determining whether a quorum is present.
25. (a) A Director may vote at any meeting of the Directors or of any committee of the Directors, on any resolution, notwithstanding that it in any way concerns or relates to a matter in which he has, directly or indirectly, any kind of interest whatsoever, and if he shall vote on any such resolution as aforesaid his vote shall be counted; and in relation to any such resolution as aforesaid he shall (whether or not he shall vote on the same) be taken into account in calculating the quorum present at the meeting.
(b) Regulation 94 to 97 (inclusive) in Table A shall not apply to the Company.
26. The Directors may from time to time make such Rules or Bye Laws as they may deem necessary or expedient or convenient for the proper conduct and management of the Company and for the purposes of prescribing the classes of and conditions of membership, and in particular but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, they shall by such Rules or Bye Laws regulate :-
(a) The admission and classification of members of the Company, and the rights and privileges of such members, and the conditions of membership and the terms on which members may resign or have their membership terminated and the entrance fees, subscriptions and other fees or payments to be made by members.
(b) The conduct of members of the Company in relation to one another, and to the Company's servants.
(c) The setting aside of the whole or any part or parts of the Company's premises at any particular time or times or for any particular purpose or purposes
(d) The procedure at General Meetings and meetings of the Directors and Committees of the Company in so far as such procedure is not regulated by these presents.
(e) And, generally, all such matters as are commonly the subject matter of Company rules.
The Company in General Meeting shall have power to alter or repeal the Rules or Bye Laws and to make additions thereto and the Directors shall adopt such means as they deem sufficient to bring to the notice of the members of the Company all such Rule or Bye Laws, which so long as they shall be in force, shall be binding on all members of the Company. Provided nevertheless that no Rule or Bye Law shall be inconsistent with, or shall effect or repeal anything contained in the Memorandum of Association of the Company.
27. Regulation 100 in Table A shall be read and construed as if the words "of the holders of any class of shares in the Company" were omitted therefrom.
28. Regulation 112 in Table A shall be read and construed as if the second sentence was omitted therefrom.
29. Regulation 113 in Table A shall be read and construed as if the words "or of the holders of any class of shares in the Company" were omitted therefrom.
30. The seal, if any, shall only be used with the authority of the Directors or of a committee of Directors. The Directors may determine who shall sign any instrument to which the seal is affixed and unless otherwise so determined it shall be signed by a Director and by the Secretary or second Director. The obligation under Regulation 6 of Table A relating to the sealing of share certificates shall apply only if the Company has a seal.
Regulation 101 of Table A shall not apply to the Company.
31. (a) Every Director or other officer of the Company shall be indemnified out of the assets of the Company against all losses or liabilities which he may sustain or incur in or about the execution of the duties of his office or otherwise in relation thereto, including any liability incurred by him in defending any proceedings, whether civil or criminal, in which judgement is given in his favour or in which he is acquitted or in connection with any application under Sections 144 or 727 of the Companies Act 1985, in which relief is granted to him by the court, and no Director or other officer shall be liable for any loss, damage or misfortune which may happen to or be incurred by the Company in the execution of the duties of his office or in relation thereto. But this Article shall only have effect in so far as its provisions are not avoided by Section 310 of the Companies Act 1985.
(b) The Directors shall have power to purchase and maintain an insurance policy for any Director, Officer or Auditor of the Company effecting cover against any such liability as is referred to in Section 310(1) of the said Act from and after bringing into force of Section 137 of the Companies Act 1989.
(c) Accordingly Regulation 118 in Table A shall not apply to the Company.