Understanding Company Law
Routledge – 2012 – 344 pages
Understanding Company Law is a lively treatment of the key principles of the Companies Act 2006 and the modern law relating to companies. It takes a unique approach to the subject which encompasses the important and growing fields of securities regulation, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility.
The Companies Act 2006 is the largest statute on the books and 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 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.
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 structure of a company. 5. The ownership of a company. 6. The operation of a company. 7. Directors’ duties. 8. Shareholder protection. 9. Corporate governance. 10. The company’s capital. 11. Securities law (raising capital). 12. The regulation of companies. 13. Corporate insolvency. 14. Corporate social responsibility. 15. Thinking about company law.
Alastair Hudson (LLB LLM PhD NTFS FRSA FHEA) is Professor of Equity & Law at Queen Mary University of London and a National Teaching Fellow.