Companies Act 2014
Restrictions on removal of statutory auditor
395. (1) The passing of a resolution to which this section applies shall not be effective with respect to the matter it provides for unless—
(a) in case the resolution provides for the auditor’s removal from office, there are good and substantial grounds for the removal related to the conduct of the auditor with regard to the performance of his or her duties as auditor of the company or otherwise, or
(b) in the case of any other resolution to which this section applies, the passing of the resolution is, in the company’s opinion, in the best interests of the company,
(i) for the foregoing purposes, diverging opinions on accounting treatments or audit procedures cannot constitute the basis for the passing of any such resolution, and
(ii) in paragraph (b)“best interests of the company” does not include any illegal or improper motive with regard to avoiding disclosures or detection of any failure by the company to comply with this Act.
(2) This section applies to—
(a) a resolution removing a statutory auditor from office,
(b) a resolution at an annual general meeting appointing somebody other than the retiring statutory auditor as statutory auditor,
(c) a resolution providing expressly that the retiring statutory auditor shall not be re-appointed.
Modifications (not altering text):
Section applied with modifications (1.01.2020) by European Union (Qualifying Partnerships: Accounting and Auditing) Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 597 of 2019), reg. 33, in effect as per reg. 1(2), (3).
Application of section 395 of Principal Act
33. Section 395 of the Principal Act shall apply to a qualifying partnership as if it read:
“395. (1) A statutory auditor of a qualifying partnership shall not be removed from office before the end of that auditor’s term of office unless there are good and substantial grounds for the removal related to the conduct of the auditor with regard to the performance of his or her duties as auditor of the qualifying partnership or otherwise.
(2) For the purpose of paragraph (1), diverging opinions on accounting treatments or audit procedures cannot constitute good and substantial grounds for the removal from office of a statutory auditor.”.