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Company Law

Eleventh Edition

Alan Dignam and John Lowry

August 2020

ISBN: 9780198848455

576 pages

In Stock

Core Texts Series

Price: £34.99

Provides the perfect balance between depth, succinctness, and accessibility, demystifying complex areas of law



Company Law provides a succinct and accessible account of the law, demystifying complex topics without over-simplifying. The book focuses on key principles taught on undergraduate courses as well as exploring elements of corporate theory.

  • Condenses an extremely complex subject and focuses on core principles helping students to understand the subject without compromising on academic integrity
  • Includes analysis of corporate theory, offering students a broader contextual understanding of the evolving law
  • Includes a strong pedagogical structure with i) chapter introductions - enabling students to orientate themselves within the various aspects of company law; ii) further reading - providing avenues for further study; iii) self-test questions - reinforcing learning, supporting revision, and assisting with examination recall

New to this edition

  • Fully updated to include all new major developments, including Burnden Holdings (UK) Ltd v Fielding [2019], BTI 2014 LLC v Sequana SA [2019], Pantiles Investments Ltd & Anor v Winckler (Rev 1) [2019],Rossendale Borough Council v Hurstwood Properties (A) Ltd (2019) 2019 WL 01065746 and Antuzis v DJ Houghton Catching Services Ltd [2019]
  • Additional problem questions have been added to chapter ends

About the Author(s)

Alan Dignam, Professor of Corporate Law, Queen Mary, University of London, and John Lowry, Emeritus Professor of Commercial Law, University College London and Visiting Professor of Commercial Law, University of Hong Kong

Alan Dignam is Professor of Corporate Law, Queen Mary, University of London and Honorary Member, 7 King's Bench Walk Chambers.

John Lowry is Emeritus Professor of Commercial Law, University College London and Visiting Professor of Commercial Law, University of Hong Kong.

Table of Contents

    PART I: Fundamental Principles
    1:Introduction to company law
    2:Corporate personality and limited liability
    3:Lifting the veil
    4:Promoters and pre-incorporation contracts
    5:Raising capital: equity and its consequences
    6:Raising capital: debentures: fixed and floating charges
    PART II: Behind the Corporate Veil
    7:Share capital
    8:The constitution of the company: dealing with insiders
    9:Classes of shares and variation of class rights
    10:Derivative claims
    11:Statutory shareholder remedies
    PART III: Issues of Corporate Authority
    12:The constitution of the company: dealing with outsiders
    13:Corporate management
    14:Directors' duties
    15:Corporate governance 1: corporate governance and corporate theory
    16:Corporate governance 2: the UK corporate governance debate
    17:Corporate rescue and liquidations in outline


"Covers all the essential topics to help understand the world of company law and assist students to critically engage with points of debate." - Reem Radhi, Durham University

"Thorough and comprehensive, elegantly written and clear. It is an engaging and dynamic introduction to the study of company law." - Christina Perry, Reader in Law, Queen Mary University of London

Additional Resources

Digital formats
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