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Understanding Company Law

By Alastair Hudson

© 2012 – Routledge

292 pages

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About the Book

Understanding Company Law is a lively treatment of the key principles of the Companies Act 2006 and modern company law. It takes a unique approach to the subject which also encompasses the important and growing fields of securities regulation, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility.

The Companies Act 2006 is now the largest statute on the books. Company law can be a dry and technical subject. Nevertheless, in Understanding Company Law, Professor Hudson provides a straightforward guide to the law, while providing context, detailed analyses of the leading cases, and no little humour.

This book covers all of the key topics which a student reader will encounter in any company law course. The discussion presents the key principles simply before guiding the reader through the more complex issues which are often the focus of examinations in this subject. It also offers pathways into further reading, while injecting enjoyment back into the topic. It has been written by an accomplished law teacher specifically to enthuse students about this subject.

Online support

Visit the author’s website at http://www.alastairhudson.com to find podcasts of specially recorded lectures covering the basic principles.


"Intended as a primer and theoretical exposition, this volume on British and European Union company law explores the principles and concepts behind the legal founding and management of businesses. The volume covers legal structures, ownership models, management and operations, director's duties, shareholder rights, corporate governance, securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate insolvency. Detailed references to relevant case law are provided throughout."—Book News

Table of Contents

Ten things you need to know about company law. 1. The birth of modern company law. 2. The Salomon principle. 3. The nature of modern companies. 4. The legal structure of a company. 5. The ownership of a company. 6. The management and operation of a company. 7. Directors’ duties. 8. Shareholders' rights. 9. Corporate governance. 10. The company’s capital. 11. Securities regulation and raising capital. 12. Mergers and takeovers. 13. Corporate insolvency. 14. Corporate social responsibility. 15. Thinking about company law.

About the Author

Alastair Hudson LLB LLM PhD FRSA FHEA, Barrister, Lincoln’s Inn, is Professor of Equity & Law at the University of London. He has been voted Law Teacher of the Year and is a National Teaching Fellow.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General