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Company Law in Context: text and materials

David Kershaw
Oxford University Press (June 2012)
Second Edition

Company Law in Context innovates in combining detailed up-to-date commentary with selected extracts from company law source materials. The book covers key cases in depth, enabling students to engage critically with judgments, issues, and policies.
The book provides students with the economic, business, and social context in which company law operates, enabling them to understand its application and relevance.
Students are shown the practical side of company law with a running case study which follows the lifecycle of a company and its legal requirements from registration through to flotation

The author draws selectively on comparative materials (US and Germany in particular), enabling students to understand the distinctiveness of UK company law and the policy choices made by UK regulators. David Kershaw's lively and dynamic writing style ensures that students engage fully with the subject and obtain a full critical understanding. There is extensive use of in-chapter questions, encouraging students to engage critically with the issues at stake and providing points for discussion in seminars. Online pointers provide guidance as to how to answer selected questions from the book, supporting students and ensuring they benefit fully from the critical approach.

New to this edition:

New discussion of The Walker Review
New discussion of changes to the UK Corporate Governance Code and UK Stewardship Code
Significant updates in Chapter 7 (Corporate Governance) on board composition
Expanded coverage in Chapter 15 (Enforcing Directors' Duties) to include new derivative claim mechanisms
New discussion of The Bribery Act 2010

  • David Kershaw is a Senior Lecturer in Law at LSE.

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