The Law of Corporate Insolvency
This information is for the 2016/17 session.
Ms Sarah Paterson
This course is available on the BA in Anthropology and Law and LLB in Laws. This course is not available as an outside option nor to General Course students.
The Law of Corporate Insolvency forms an increasingly important legal arena, which is now recognised as meriting study in its own right. The last thirty years have seen great strides in the development of corporate insolvency law in England. We have seen the adoption of an enhanced legislative framework and the development of conceptual aspects and jurisprudence of the subject. As the recession of the early 1990's eased off there was a period of reflection and assessment of our insolvency law and procedures which resulted in reform of law on the books, although perhaps not of law in action. English lawyers have had to revisit the toolbox during the financial crisis in order to adapt existing legal procedures to meet the needs of new, modern financing structures. There is now another period of wide spread reflection and debate in Europe and the US, as jurisdictions consider whether the insolvency law and procedures which they have are fit for the twenty-first century.
During the course we analyse the legal rules affecting distressed and insolvent companies and those concerned with them (for example, creditors, directors and employees) and assess the issues and principles underlying a corporate insolvency regime. (Corporate Insolvency Law bears a close relationship to the Law of Business Associations (BA) and students may find that taking BA as well as Corporate Insolvency will give them a broad understanding of major themes relating to corporate activity.)
Outline of corporate borrowing and development and nature of security interests: fixed and floating charges.
The Role and Objectives of Corporate Insolvency Processes and Procedures
Corporate Insolvency Processes and Procedures
(a) Informal Negotiation
(e) Pre-packaged administration
(f) Company voluntary arrangements
Realising the Assets and Distributing Them
(a) Setting aside transactions
(b) The pari passu principle
(c) Preferential claims
(d) Secured creditors
(e) Security devices for consumer creditors and commercial suppliers
(f) Company Directors
(h) Corporate Groups
20 hours of seminars in the MT. 20 hours of seminars in the LT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.
Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the MT and LT.
Students will be expected to prepare for participation in weekly seminar discussion.
Detailed reading lists will be provided during the course. The recommended book is V. Finch, Corporate Insolvency Law: Perspectives and Principles (2nd ed., 2009) (Cambridge University Press).
Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours, reading time: 15 minutes) in the main exam period.
The examination will be based on the full syllabus. Unmarked, unannotated versions of the relevant legislation may be taken into the examination.
Total students 2015/16: 27
Average class size 2015/16: 27
Capped 2015/16: Yes (25)
Lecture capture used 2015/16: Yes (MT & LT)
Value: One Unit
- Specialist skills
Course survey results
(2013/14 - 2015/16 combined)1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score
The scores below are average responses.
Response rate: 81%
Reading list (Q2.1)
Course satisfied (Q2.4)