Corporations Law

3060 Words Jun 20th, 2012 13 Pages
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Based on the case scenario, Doris, Betty, and Charlie formed a company called Bechdo Pty Ltd. The three members are the directors and Betty who is major shareholder holds 40% followed by Charlie and Doris who hold 20% each while the 20% is held by the rest. Based on the company constitution, a managing director has capacity to enter into a contract o behalf of the company up to a maximum of $100,000. Moreover, he/she can enter into contracts to the value of $900,000 upon getting consent for the board of directors. In this case, Bechdo Pty Ltd operates without a managing director since none was elected. The major issue is that Betty being the majority shareholder went ahead and entered into contract with BB Ltd, Jillo Pty Ltd, and
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In addition (Chen-Wishart n.d), notes that a company is categorized as a legal personal and operates as distinct from its shareholders. Based on these statements, Betty had not right to act on behalf of Bechdo Pty Ltd and Bechdo has the capacity to sue Betty for acting contrary to the company constitution. Based on the case study, Betty had breach the contract which existed between her and the company laws. If an act carried is outside the objects for which the company was founded to as contained in the company’s memorandum of association which is this case is the company’s constitution, then the acts are deemed to be ultra vires. In other words, the acts are beyond the capacity of the organization. In addition, contracts which are deemed ultra vires are categorized as void (Palmiter 2009, p.59). This can be referenced to Ashbury Railway Carriage and Iron Co v Richie 1875. The doctrine of ultra vires which have deemed the contracts between Bechdo Pty Ltd and BB Ltd, Jillo Pty Ltd, and Con Development Ltd as void has been applied with the aim of protecting the interests of lenders and company shareholders. As noted by Chen-Wishart (n.d), ultra vires is necessary in protecting the interest of its shareholders who depend on objective clause of the constitution to limit the acts in which their money may be used.
As required by the company act, directors of a
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