Company and Partnership Law

Module summary

Module code: LAW0797
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Law and Criminology
Module Coordinator(s): Jerome Chan


Pre and co requisites

Contract Law.


The course is designed to provide learners with an in depth understanding of how companies operate within a legal and non-legal framework. It is designed to provide students with knowledge understanding and skills relating to Company and Partnership law that they can utilise later in further study and in the workplace.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1 Demonstrate knowledge of key principles of company law.
2 Demonstrate an understanding of key principles of company law.
3 Demonstrate the ability to apply principles of company law in complex problem question scenarios.
4 Demonstrate skills of critical evaluation and analysis by answering assignment and exam essay questions.
5 Demonstrate the ability to place company law within a wider commercial, social and economic context.
6 Demonstrate skills of legal research.
7 Demonstrate appropriate communication skills and the ability to express complex principles of law in clear written English.
8 Demonstrate the ability to use appropriate referencing.

Indicative content

Indicative Content
(a) Companies and partnerships compared;
(b) Partnerships and limited liability partnerships compared;
(c) Corporate personality;
(d) The company’s constitution;
(e) Company securities;
(f) Memberships;
(g) Corporate transaction and agency;
(h) Division of powers and meetings;
(i) Directors;
(j) Majority rule and shareholder protection; and,
(k) Corporate insolvency.

Teaching and learning activity

The course will be taught using a combination of lectures and seminars. Lectures will be used to introduce learners to a detailed examination of the fundamental principles derived from case law and statute; the rationale behind the law; and any proposals for reform. In seminars, learners will be expected to undertake problem-solving and contextual exercises. Learning Time (1 credit = 10 hours) Scheduled contact hours: Note: include in scheduled time: project supervision, demonstrations, practical classes and workshops, supervised time in studio or workshop, scheduled lab work, fieldwork, external visits, work-based learning where integrated into a structured academic programme. lectures 48; seminars 24; supervised practical sessions 0; tutorials 0; formative assessment 0; other scheduled time 0; Guided independent study: Note: include in guided independent study preparation for scheduled sessions, follow up work, wider reading or practice, revision. Independent coursework 114; Independent laboratory work 0; other non-scheduled time 114; Placements (including work placement and year abroad) 0; Total hours (Should be equal to credit x 10) 300.


Coursework - 50%
LO - 1,2,3,4
Pass mark - 40%
3,500 words.

Examination - 50%
LO - 4,5,6,7,8
Pass mark - 40%

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:
Seminars and workshops. These are guided sessions to underpin learning support for the summative assessments. Also included are a number of additional online sessions throughout the module.