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Unit information: Company Law in 2015/16

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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. Georgina Tsagas
Open unit status Not open




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

Description including Unit Aims

This unit provides a grounding in the principles of English company law, studying those principles in a practical and theoretical context. Seminar topics include: the concept of corporate personality, corporate capacity and the authority of officers; problems in public companies; problems in private companies; shareholders' rights and minority protection; directors' duties and their enforcement; corporate social responsibility; groups; creditor protection; takeovers.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the unit, a successful student will be able to explain: a) the legal, institutional and regulatory environment relevant to companies and their activities

b) the legal relationships between companies and shareholders, between directors and shareholders and between companies and stakeholders

c) the key current issues and debates in the theory and practice of company law

Students should be able to state the law accurately, to apply legal principles to problem case scenarios, and to think critically about ways in which the law could be reformed.

The examination includes both problem type and essay type questions, designed to assess both whether students were able to understand and apply the law across the breadth of the syllabus, and whether they were able to think critically about it.

Teaching Information

Ten fortnightly two hour seminars

Assessment Information

Summative - a 3 hour written exam (in which students answer 3 questions from a choice of 10 questions).

The assessment will assess all the Intended Learning Outcomes for this unit.

Formative - students should do one formative assessment and may do two.

Reading and References

B Hannigan, Company Law (3rd edn., OUP, 2012)

P L Davies, Gower and Davies’ Principles of Modern Company Law (9th edn., Sweet and Maxwell, London, 2012)

Boyle and Birds Company Law (Jordans, 8th ed, 2011)