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School of Law

Company law

Course Code:
155200053
Unit value:
1
Year of study:
Year 3 of 3
Taught in:
Full Year

The course will provide a sound foundation of knowledge of English company law, a very important topic for legal practice and general legal knowledge. It also helps the understanding of issues in development, human rights, the environment and globalisation generally.

The course covers a selection of the main topics of English company law and other matters of topical interest. Set out below is a representative selection. The list of topics taught may vary from year to year, and may include subjects not included in this list:

  • Types of Business Association;
  • Introduction to Companies and Company Law;
  • Separate Personality and Lifting the Veil of Incorporation;
  • Company Formation and Constitutional Documents;
  • Disclosure;
  • Shares and their Transfer;
  • Organs and Officers;
  • Management and Meetings;
  • Binding the Company;
  • Director’s Duties;
  • Shareholder Remedies;
  • Control of Maladministration;
  • Criminal Responsibility of Corporations;
  • Offering Shares to the Public;
  • Corporate Governance;
  • Corporate Collapse;
  • History and Reform;
  • European Community Aspect.

Prerequisites

BA law students will need permission from the course convenor which will only be granted if the student has sufficient grounding in English law.  JYA students may not take this course.  

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

  • To provide a sound foundation of knowledge of English company law; and
  • To help the understanding of issues in development, human rights, the environment and globalisation generally.  

Method of assessment

  • Unseen written exam: 100%

Suggested reading

  • Foster, NHD (2006) 'Perception, Language and “Reality” in Corporate Law Theory' (17) King's College Law Journal 299
  • Foster, NHD (2005 and 2007) 'The Theoretical Background: The Nature of the Actors in Corporate Social Responsibility' in Tully, S (ed) Research Handbook on Corporate Legal Responsibility Edward Elgar Publishing Limited