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Unit information: Company Law in 2015/16

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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 Professor. Paddy Ireland
Open unit status Not open

Contract or Foundations of Business Law



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; memorandum and articles of association; shareholders' agreements; agency problems; management of companies; directors' duties; transactions involving directors; issue of shares; payment for shares; dividends; reduction of capital; acquisition by company of its own shares; rights of shareholders; transfer of shares; 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 Company law
  • Challenge the prevailing orthodoxy in relation to these rules and the assumptions which underpin them
  • Assess options for Company law reform
  • Demonstrate independent critical skills

Teaching details

23 lectures and 7 tutorials

Assessment Details

Formative assessment: students should do one, and may do two pieces of formative work

The first formative assessment for this unit is mandatory; the second formative assessment is optional.

Summative assessment: one three-hour closed book examination in May/June.

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

Reading and References

  • Textbooks
    • B Hannigan, Company Law (2nd edn., OUP, 2009)
    • P L Davies, Gower and Davies’ Principles of Modern Company Law (8th edn., Sweet and Maxwell, London, 2008)
    • Boyle &Birds’ Company Law (8th edn., 2011, Jordans)
  • Casebooks and Text and Materials Books
    • Sealy and Worthington, Cases and Materials in Company Law (9th edn., OUP, 2010)
    • D Kershaw, Company Law in Context: Text and Materials (OUP, 2009)