289. Direction requiring public company to appoint secretary
(1) If it appears to the Registrar that a public company is in breach of section 288 (public company required to have secretary), the Registrar may give the company a direction under this section.
(2) The direction must state that the company appears to be in breach of that section and specify—
(a) what the company must do in order to comply with the direction, and
(b) the period within which it must do so.
That period must be not less than one month or more than three months after the date on which the direction is given.
(3) The direction must also inform the company of the consequences of failing to comply.
(4) Where the company is in breach of section 288 (public company required to have secretary) it must comply with the direction by—
(a) making the necessary appointment, and
(b) giving notice of it under section 293 (duty to notify Registrar of changes),
before the end of the period specified in the direction.
(5) If the company has already made the necessary appointment, it must comply with the direction by giving notice of it under section 293 (duty to notify Registrar of changes) before the end of the period specified in the direction.
(6) If a company fails to comply with a direction under this section, a contravention of these Regulations is committed by—
(a) the company, and
(b) every officer of the company who is in default.
For this purpose a shadow director is treated as an officer of the company.
(7) A person who commits the contravention referred to in subsection (6) shall be liable to a level 3 fine.