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Unit information: Company Law in 2021/22

Unit name Company Law
Unit code LAWD20037
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Mr. Rob Cason
Open unit status Not open




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


This unit will cover: function of companies and company law; comparison of companies, partnerships and sole traders; legal personality and limited liability; classification into public and private companies; articles of association; management of companies; directors' duties; transactions involving directors; issue of shares; payment for shares; dividends; rights of shareholders; derivative claims; 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:

  • Consider the historical origins of company law and appreciate the relevance of those origins to understanding modern company law;
  • Discuss the key concepts of company law;
  • Analyse the nature of problems which arise when company law is applied to smaller private or closely held companies;
  • Critically consider some of the controversies surrounding company law;
  • Apply independent critical skills in answering essay and problem questions.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a variety of asynchronous and synchronous activities

Assessment Details

1 x summative assessment: Timed Open Book Assessment with a specified word count (100%)

The assessment will assess all of the intended learning outcomes for this unit.


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