LL4AK      Half Unit
Insolvency Law: Company Liquidation and Stakeholder Interests

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Ms Sarah Paterson


This course is available on the MSc in Law and Accounting, Master of Laws and Master of Laws (extended part-time study). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course will be relevant to the following LLM specialisms: Corporate and/or Commercial Law.

This course is capped at 30 students. Students must apply through Graduate Course Choice on LSE for You.


It is recommended that students have completed Insolvency Law:  Principles, Rescue and Reconstruction Processes (LL4AJ).

Course content

This course focuses primarily on registered companies and is concerned with the principles and policies underlying the legal treatment of insolvency and corporate liquidations. The impact of these procedures and approaches on third parties, for example corporate groups, secured and unsecured creditors, directors and employees, is also considered. Topics include: Overview of Liquidation. Setting aside transactions. The Pari Passu principle and preferential claims. Secured creditors and security devices. The problem of corporate groups. Company directors in troubled times. Employees in distress.  EC and international recognition of insolvency proceedings.


20 hours of seminars in the LT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

A variable format: some lecture-discussions, some student-paper-led discussions and some debates.

Formative coursework


2,000 word essay.

Indicative reading

A full Reading List will be distributed during the course. The recommended text is V. Finch, Corporate Insolvency Law: Perspectives and Principles (Cambridge University Press, 2009) (2nd edition).


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours, reading time: 15 minutes) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2015/16: 19

Average class size 2015/16: 20

Controlled access 2015/16: Yes

Lecture capture used 2015/16: Yes (LT)

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills