ACT 125
COMPANIES ACT 1965 (REVISED - 1973)
PART X - WINDING UP
DIVISION 1 - PRELIMINARY

 
Section 214. Liability as contributories of present and past members.
 
Section 214. Liability as contributories of present and past members. (COMPANIES ACT 1965 (REVISED - 1973) - ACT 125) (1) On a company being wound up, every present and past member shall be liable to contribute to the assets of the company to an amount sufficient for payment of its debts and liabilities and the costs, charges and expenses of the winding up and for the adjustment of the rights of the contributories among themselves, subject to subsection (2) and the following qualifications:

    (a) a past member shall not be liable to contribute if he has ceased to be a member for one year or more before the commencement of the winding up;

    (b) a past member shall not be liable to contribute in respect of any debt or liability of the company contracted after he ceased to be a member;

    (c) a past member shall not be liable to contribute unless it appears to the Court that the existing members are unable to satisfy the contributions required to be made by them in pursuance of this Act;

    (d) in the case of a company limited by shares, no contribution shall be required from any member exceeding the amount, if any, unpaid on the shares in respect of which he is liable as a present or past member;

    (e) in the case of a company limited by guarantee, no contribution shall, subject to subsection (4), be required from any member exceeding the amount undertaken to be contributed by him to the assets of the company in the event of its being wound up;

    (f) nothing in this Act shall invalidate any provision contained in any policy of insurance or other contract whereby the liability of individual members on the policy or contract is restricted or whereby the funds of the company are alone made liable in respect of the policy or contract;

    (g) a sum due to any member in his character of a member by way of dividends, profits or otherwise shall not be a debt of the company payable to that member in a case of competition between himself and any other creditor not a member, but any such sum may be taken into account for the purpose of the final adjustment of the rights of the contributories among themselves.

Unlimited liability of directors

(2) In the winding up of a limited company any director, whether past or present, whose liability is unlimited shall in addition to his liability, if any, to contribute as an ordinary member be liable to make a further contribution as if he were, at the commencement of the winding up, a member of an unlimited company.

(3) Notwithstanding anything in subsection (2)—

    (a) a past director shall not be liable to make a further contribution if he has ceased to hold office for a year or more before the commencement of the winding up;

    (b) a past director shall not be liable to make a further contribution in respect of any debt or liability of the company contracted after he ceased to hold office; and

    (c) subject to the articles of the company, a director shall not be liable to make a further contribution, unless the Court deems it necessary to require that contribution in order to satisfy the debts and liabilities of the company and the costs charges and expenses of the winding up.

(4) On the winding up of a company limited both by shares and guarantee every member shall be liable, in addition to the amount undertaken to be contributed by him to the assets of the company in the event of its being wound up, to contribute to the extent of any sums unpaid on any shares held by him.