Comparative Corporate Law and Insolvency module (LW52003)

Learn about the structure and development of company law and corporate insolvency law in the United Kingdom. The module puts this in an international context

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The United Kingdom's law will be used as a point of reference for discussion. The country has a long tradition in corporate law and insolvency regulation. We will critically evaluate the varied legal solutions.

The comparative perspective aims to help students to examine why and how different rules have developed in countries. There may not be clear answers. But, such discussions will help us understand corporate law.

What you will learn

The module will cover principal topics including:

  • corporate liability and limits to limited liability
  • directors’ fiduciary duties
  • shareholder democracy
  • derivative action
  • creditor protection in insolvency
  • rescue-oriented statutory procedures

In this module, you will:

  • examine a selection of corporate law and corporate insolvency topics
  • understand how corporate law regulates the conflicts between management and shareholders

By the end of the module you will be able to:

  • identify and assimilate material from a wide variety of legal sources and extract from it relevant information to engage with the seminars and assessment
  • apply legal principles to novel situations using problem-solving skills
  • share your in-depth knowledge and understanding of the approaches taken by different jurisdictions to resolving fundamental challenges faced by companies and in the context of corporate failure
  • analyse and contribute to debates surrounding controversial issues arising under comparative corporate law and insolvency

Assignments / assessment

  • written assignment (100%)  

This module does not have a final exam.

Teaching methods / timetable

This module will be delivered by student-led seminars, based on prior reading, allowing a high level of engagement.


This module is available on following courses: