Unlocking Company Law

3rd Edition

By Susan McLaughlin

© 2015 – Routledge

510 pages

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About the Book

Unlocking Company Lawwill help you grasp the main concepts of Company Law with ease. Containing accessible explanations in clear and precise terms that are easy to understand, it provides an excellent foundation for learning and revising.

The information is clearly presented in a logical structure and the following features support learning helping you to advance with confidence:

  • Clear learning outcomes at the beginning of each chapter set out the skills and knowledge you will need to get to grips with the subject
  • Key Facts boxes throughout each chapter allow you to progressively build and consolidate your understanding
  • End-of-chapter summaries provide a useful check-list for each topic
  • Cases and judgments are highlighted to help you find them and add them to your notes quickly
  • Frequent activities and self-test questions are included so you can put your knowledge into practice
  • Sample essay questions with annotated answers prepare you for assessment
  • Glossary of legal terms clarifies important definitions

This edition has been updated to include key recent changes and developments in company law, both case law and statutory. Two recent Supreme Court decisions on piercing the corporate veil, VTB Capital plc v Nutritek International Corp and others and Prest v Petrodel Resources Limited & Others, are examined, as is Popplewell J’s detailed judgment on directors’ duties in Madoff Securities International Limited (In Liquidation) v Raven and others. Important new provisions for binding votes and detailed disclosure of directors’ remuneration, changes to the company charges registration and narrative reporting regimes and new rules facilitating private company share reductions/buy-backs are outlined as are imminent developments included in the 2014 Deregulation Bill (stemming from the Government Red Tape Challenge). Commitment of the EU and UK Government to improving corporate governance of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) makes core company law, the focus of this book, more relevant than ever.

The books in the Unlocking the Law Series get straight to the point and offer clear and concise coverage of the law, broken-down into bite-size sections with regular recaps to boost your confidence. They provide complete coverage of both core and popular optional law modules, presented in an innovative, visual format and are supported by a website which offers students a host of additional practice opportunities.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to company law 2. Legal structures of business organisations 3. The company as a distinct legal person 4. Company formation and linked issues 5. The constitution of the company 6. Financing a company 7. Shareholders, shares and share capital 8. Capital maintenance and distributions 9. Corporate Governance 10. Legally binding the company 11. Directors' duties: General considerations and management duties 12. Directors' duties: Conflict of interest duties 13. Directors' duties: Remedies and reliefs and director disqualification 14. Minority shareholder protection 15. Restructuring, rescuing troubled companies and takeovers 16. Winding up and Dissolution of a Company 17. Transparency

About the Author

Susan McLaughlin is Senior Lecturer in Law at Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University where she leads the company law module. In addition to spending ten years based in English and US law firms in London she has worked in-house as General Counsel and Company Secretary for companies subject to UK, continental European and US law and securities market regulation.

About the Series

Unlocking the Law

The Unlocking the Law series is designed specifically to make the law accessible. The books have been designed with the same format and structure, so each chapter in each book includes: a list of aims and objectives, activities such as quick quizzes and self-test questions, key facts charts to consolidate your knowledge, and diagrams to aid learning.

All topic areas are broken up into manageable sections with a logical progression and extensive use of headings and numerous sub-headings as well as an extensive contents list and index. Each book in the series contains a variety of flow charts, diagrams, key facts charts and summaries to reinforce the information in the body of the text. Diagrams and flow charts are particularly useful because they can provide a quick and easy understanding of the key points, especially when revising for examinations. Key facts charts not only provide a quick visual guide through the subject but are also useful for revision.

Many cases are separated out for easy access and all cases have full citation in the text as well as the table of cases for easy reference. The emphasis of the series is on depth of understanding much more than breadth of detail. For this reason each text also includes key extracts from judgments where appropriate. Extracts from academic comment from journal articles and leading texts are also included to give some insight into the academic debate on complex or controversial areas. In both cases these are highlighted and removed from the body of the text.

Finally the books also include much formative 'self-testing', with a variety of activities ranging through subject specific comprehension, application of the law, and a range of other activities to help the student gain a good idea of his or her progress in the course. Appendices with guides on completing essay style questions and legal problem solving supplement and support this interactivity. Besides this a sample essay plan is added at the end of most chapters.

Series editors: Jacqueline Martin LLM has ten years' experience as a practising barrister and has taught law at all levels. Chris Turner LLM is a Senior Lecturer in law at Wolverhampton University.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW000000
LAW / General
LAW009000
LAW / Business & Financial
LAW022000
LAW / Corporate