The rights and obligations relating to the Company’s Ordinary shares are set out in the Articles of Association. A copy of the Articles of Association can be requested from the Company Secretary at the Company’s registered office.
Holders of Ordinary shares are entitled to attend, speak and vote at general meetings. In a vote on a show of hands, every member present in person or every proxy present, who has been duly appointed by a member, will have one vote and on a poll every member present in person or by proxy shall have one vote for every Ordinary share held. These rights are subject to any special terms as to voting upon which any shares may be issued or may at the relevant time be held and to any other provisions of the Company’s Articles of Association. Under the Companies Act 2006 and the Articles of Association, directors have the power to suspend voting rights and, in certain circumstances, the right to receive dividends in respect of shares where the holder of those shares fails to comply with a notice issued under section 793 of the Companies Act 2006.
The Board can decline to register a transfer of any share which is not a fully paid share. In addition, registration of a transfer of an uncertificated share may be refused in the circumstances set out in the uncertificated securities rules and where the number of joint holders exceeds four. The Board may also refuse to register the transfer of a certificated share unless:
(a) the instrument of transfer is duly stamped and is left at the Company’s registered office or such other place as the Board may from time to time determine accompanied by the certificate for the share to which it relates and such evidence as the Board may reasonably require to show the right of the transferor to make the transfer;
(b) the instrument of transfer is in respect of only one class of share; and
(c) the number of joint holders does not exceed four.
Subject to the provisions of the Companies Act 2006, all or any of the rights attaching to an existing class of shares may be varied from time to time either with the consent in writing of the holders of not less than three-fourths in nominal value of the issued shares of that class (excluding any treasury shares) or with the sanction of a special resolution passed at a separate general meeting of the holders of those shares.
Shares acquired through the employee share schemes rank equally with all other Ordinary shares in issue. Barclays Private Bank & Trust (Isle of Man) Limited, as trustee of the Legal & General Employees’ Share Ownership Trust, holds 0.55% of the issued share capital of the Company as at 1 March 2013 in trust for the benefit of the executive directors, senior executives and managers of the Group. This includes shares held as nominee on behalf of Legal & General Share Scheme Trustees Limited, as trustee of the Legal & General Employee Share Trust, which is in the process of being wound up. The voting rights in relation to these shares are exercised by the trustee. The trustee may vote or abstain from voting, or accept or reject any offer relating to shares, in any way it sees fit, without incurring any liability and without being required to give reasons for its decision.
Under the rules of the Legal & General Group Employee Share Plan (Plan), eligible employees are entitled to acquire shares in the Company. Plan shares are held in trust for participants by Capita IRG Trustees Limited, which holds 0.47% of the issued share capital of the Company as at 1 March 2013. Voting rights are exercised by the trustees on receipt of the participants’ instructions. If a participant does not submit an instruction to the trustees, no vote is registered. In addition, the trustees do not vote on any unawarded shares held under the Plan as surplus assets.
The Company is not aware of any agreements between shareholders which may result in restrictions on the transfer of securities and/or voting rights.