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Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

This is a second level course, which is compulsory for LLB students planning to become professional lawyers. The course consists of four elements: the law of agency, the law of partnership, company law and insolvency law. The lectures will focus on the creation of agency, partnership and companies of different types; the rules that enable these commercial organisations to function; and the law concerning the termination of these commercial organisations. One reason for these organisations coming to an end is that they become insolvent. The rules on insolvency and bankruptcy will be a significant element of the course.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Andrew Simpson

Qualification Prerequisites

  • One of Programme Level 2 or Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • LS1025 Legal System (Studied)
  • Either Law (LS) (Studied) or Legal Studies (Ma Honours) (LX)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • LS1522 Legal Method (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • LS2511 Commercial Organisations (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course provides an introduction to several important areas of law relating to commercial organisations, namely the law of agency, the law relating to partnerships and companies. The course also introduces the law of insolvency (both corporate and non-corporate).

Further Information & Notes

This course is compulsory for the LLB degree. The School of Law offers teaching within this subject area for non-law students in its Business Law courses.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (100%).

Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

One 1000-word non-counting essay.


Written feedback will be provided on the formative essay. Key issues arising out of the performance in the formative essay will also be discussed in a tutorial session.

Feedback will also be provided on an ongoing basis in the form of tutors' comments to students' contributions in tutorials.
Students who fail on first attempt will be able to arrange a meeting in advance of the resit to discuss their examination performance.

Course Learning Outcomes


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