When is it appropriate for a company to resist a request for inspection of its register?

The High Court has found that an application by a member of the public to inspect a copy of a company’s register of members was invalid as it did not contain all information required by the Companies Act 2006 and it was made for an improper purpose.

The decision is in particular interesting because it suggests the “proper purpose” test will vary depending upon whether the person making the application is a member or a non-member.