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Company Law Handbook


Company law

In stock

10 September 2013

Law Society Publishing


234 x 156 mm
368 pages

Company Law Handbook
3rd edition

Stephen Griffin


Extensively expanded from its previous edition, this comprehensive handbook provides a detailed but clear and coherent analysis of corporate law, in the context of private and public companies.

Detailed, accessible and stimulating, the Company Law Handbook has been totally revised, updated with particular reference to:

  • Key case law developments in relation to corporate personality and the corporate veil
  • Extended coverage of the criminal liability of corporations including a new section on the Bribery Act 2010
  • Key case law developments in respect of directors' duties, derivative claims and minority actions
  • Coverage of share dealings, takeovers, prospectus issues and insider dealing/market abuse in public companies
  • Extended coverage of insolvency issues
  • General case law and statutory developments.

New chapters have been added including: directors' liability, acquiring and dealing with shares in a public company, corporate governance and insolvency procedures.


1. The registered company;
2. The formation and registration of a company;
3. Types and classification ofcompanies;
4. The legal consequences of incorporation - the corporate veil;
5. The personal liability of adirector - statutory provisions dislodging the corporate veil;
6. A company's constitution;
7. The legal nature and characteristics of holding shares in a limited company;
8. Types and classesof shares;
9. Acquiring and dealing with shares in a public company;
10. Share capital and capitalmaintenance;
11. Loan capital and the registration of charges;
12. Accounts and reporting structures;
13. Taxation of companies;
14 . Directors and the management of a company;
15. Directors' duties;
16. Corporate governance issues;
17. Directors' authority and the validity of corporate transactions;
18. The disqualification of company directors;
19. The company in general meeting;
20. The protectionof minority shareholders;
21. The criminal liability of a company;
22. Insolvency procedures: Appendices.(Model Articles of Association).

About the Author

Stephen Griffin is a professor of law at the University of Wolverhampton. A specialist in corporate law, he has written numerous articles and books in his field. His work has been cited by the courts and in official publications. The chapters on accounting and taxation are written by David Southern, a barrister at Temple Tax Chambers. He specialises in corporate finance and has extensive experience of VAT and financial services. The chapter on insolvency procedures has been written by Dr. Peter Walton, a specialist in insolvency law, and a reader in law at the University of Wolverhampton.