Written by one of the foremost experts in the area, Paul Davies' Introduction to Company Law provides a comprehensive conceptual introduction, giving readers a clear framework with which to navigate the intricacies of company law. The five core features of company law - separate legal personality, limited liability, centralized management, shareholder control, and transferability of shares - are clearly laid out and examined, then these features are used to provide an organisation structure for the conduct of business. It also discusses legal strategies that can be used to deal with arising problems, the regulation of relationships between the parties, and the trade-offs that have been made in British company law to address some of the conflicting issues that have arisen. Fully revised to take into account the Companies Act 2006, and including a new chapter on international law which considers the role of European Community Law, this new edition in the renowned Clarendon Law Series offers a concise and stimulating introduction to company law.
Paul Davies became the Allen & Overy Professor of Company Law at the University of Oxford in 2009 and a Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford. Between 1998 and 2009 he was Cassel Professor of Commercial Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was a member of the British Government's Steering Group for the Company Law Review (1999-2001), which led to the new Companies Act 2006. He is a Fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute. His recent books include Introduction to Company Law ( 1st edition OUP, 2002), the 7th and 8th edition of Gower and Davies' Principles of Company Law (Thomson, 2003 and 2008) and (with a group of authors from other jurisdictions) The Anatomy of Corporate Law (OUP, 2004; 2nd ed, 2009). His most recent book addressing labour law is Towards a Flexible Labour Market, (OUP, 2007, with Mark Freedland). He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2000; an honorary QC in 2006 and an honorary Bencher of Gray's Inn in 2007.
1. The Core Features of Company Law ; 2. Corporate Personality ; 3. Limiting Liability and Channelling Creditors' Claims ; 4. Limited Liability: The Limits of Creditor Self-help ; 5. Centralized Management I: Empowering Shareholders in Widely Held Companies ; 6. Centralized Management II: Directors' Duties ; 7. Centralized Management III: Setting the Board's Incentives ; 8. Majority and Minority Shareholders ; 9. Shareholder Control ; 10. International Company Law