SOAS University of London

School of Law

Company Law

Module Code:
155200053
Credits:
30
Year of study:
Year 3 of 3
Taught in:
Full Year

The module 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 module 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 module convenor which will only be granted if the student has sufficient grounding in English law. Study Abroad/Exchange students may not take this module.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

  • 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

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