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Unit information: Company Law in 2019/20

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Unit name Company Law
Unit code LAWDM0008
Credit points 30
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Russell
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department University of Bristol Law School
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description

This unit provides a grounding in the principles of English company law, studying those principles in a practical and theoretical context. Seminar topics include: History of company law; the company in legal and economic theory; legal personality and limited liability; lifting the corporate veil; articles of association and shareholders’ rights; directors' duties; transactions involving directors; derivative claims; minority shareholder protection; just and equitable winding up and unfair prejudice orders.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this unit a successful student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a grounding in the substantive rules of UK Company law
  • Identify the key aspects of the legal relationships between companies and shareholders, between directors and shareholders and between companies and stakeholders
  • Report on the case law and statutes accurately and apply legal principles to problem case scenarios
  • Challenge the prevailing orthodoxy in relation to the substantive rules of UK Company and the assumptions which underpin them
  • Assess options for Company law reform and demonstrate independent critical skills

Teaching details

This unit is taught by way of 20 lectures (approx.), 10 two-hour seminars and 2 assessment preparation and feedback sessions. Lectures are delivered jointly to students on the related undergraduate unit.

Assessment Details

Summative: a 2000 word essay (33%) and a 3 hour written examination (67%). Both assessments will assess all of the Intended Learning Outcomes for this unit in the context of topics selected by the examiners.

Formative: students should do one formative assessment (this will usually be 1 x 1500 word essay).

Reading and References

Textbooks:

  • B Hannigan, Company Law (4th edn., OUP, 2015)
  • P L Davies, Gower and Davies’ Principles of Modern Company Law (10th edn., Sweet and Maxwell, London, 2016)
  • Dignam and Lowry, Company Law (9th edn., OUP 2016)

Casebooks and Text and Materials Books:

  • Sealy and Worthington, Cases and Materials in Company Law (11th edn., OUP 2016)

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