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School of Law

Company Law

Course Code:
Course Not Running 2015/2016
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Taught in:
Full Year

The aim of the course is to provide a sound foundation of knowledge of English company law. It is an important topic in English legal practice. From an international perspective, English company law is the basis for the company law of nearly all Commonwealth jurisdictions. It also assists with 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. The subjects studied may vary from year to year and may include topics not included in the following 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; and the European community aspect.

Attendance and performance requirements are strict. In particular, students must attend all classes.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of a number of selected topics in English company law and a specialised knowledge in the topic studied for the coursework essay.

Method of assessment

Assessment weighting: 70% unseen exam & 30% coursework (one essay of 5,000 words)

All coursework may be resubmitted.