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Boyle & Birds' Company Law Ninth edition

Combines a comprehensive and authoritative exploration of law and practice with an examination of the theoretical issues.
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ISBN/ISSN: 9781846619557

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Why you should buy Boyle & Birds' Company Law

Boyle & Birds' Company Law is a well established leading textbook based on Gore-Browne on Companies. It combines a comprehensive and authoritative exploration of law and practice with an examination of the theoretical issues.

The new edition has been completely updated to include changes relating to:

  • Case law on members rights 
  • Case law on the duties of shadow directors 
  • Cases emphasising the continuing importance of equitable principles underlying the statutory statement of directors' duties 
  • New case law on the core directors' duties of proper purpose and good faith, the duty of care and skill and the consequences of a breach of the no conflict principle 
  • Case law on substantial property transactions and ratification of a breach of directors' duties 
  • Supreme Court decisions in Eurosail and Nortel Networks and the Court of Appeal decision in Game Station 
  • Reviews the ongoing development of the administration procedure including the controversies over prepacks and the expenses of administration.

The new edition also considers the changes in the regulation to official listing, admission to trading on regulated markets and public offering of securities following the reform of Part 6 of the Financial Services Markets Act 2000 (FSMA) under the statutory authority of the FCA.

It also highlights the new provisions relating to the criminal liability for defective prospectus contained in the Financial Services Act 2012.


General Editor: John Birds, LLM, FRSA, Emeritus Professor in the School of Law, University of Manchester

Consultant Editor: A J Boyle, LLM, SJD, Barrister and Emeritus Professor of Law, Queen Mary, University of London

Contributing Editors: Bryan Clark, Reader in Law, University of Strathclyde; Gerard McCormack, Professor of International Business Law, University of Leeds; Matteo Solinas, Lecturer in Corporate and Financial Law, University of Glasgow; Michael R Varney, Lecturer in Company Law, University of Hull; Charlotte Villiers, Solicitor, Professor of Company Law, University of Bristol


With the publication of this edition, we seek to keep the work up to date by incorporating significant case-law developments over the past three years, as well as, for example, covering the statutory changes concerning in particular the registration of company charges, further reduction of the accounting and audit requirements for smaller companies and the impact of the Financial Services Act 2012. As far as cases are concerned, the most significant are clearly the Supreme Court decisions in Prest v Petrodel Resources Ltd and VTB Capital Plc v Nutritek International Corp and these have necessitated a substantial rewrite of chapter 3 by Bryan Clark, ably assisted by Mark Leiser, PhD candidate and part time lecturer in the Law School at the University of Strathclyde, who was principal co-author of the rewritten chapter 3 and assisted with the updating of chapters 7, 8 and 18. Read the full preface...

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Table of contents

  • Preface to the 9th Edition
  • Table of Cases
  • Table of Statutes
  • Table of Statutory Instruments
  • The Development of the Registered Company
  • The European Union and Company Law
  • Legal Personality: Its Consequences and Limitations
  • Registration, Formation and Promotion of Companies
  • The Company’s Constitution
  • Company Contracts
  • Share Capital – Allotment and Maintenance
  • Rights and Liabilities Attached to Shares: Reorganisations of Capital
  • Transfer and Transmission of Shares
  • Debentures, Charges and Registration
  • Corporate Governance
  • Membership of a Company
  • Shareholders’ Meetings and Resolutions
  • Accounts and Reports
  • Management of a Company
  • The Duties of Directors – General
  • The Duties of Directors – Specific Duties, Relief from Liability and Consequences of Breach
  • Shareholders’ Remedies
  • The Public Issue of Securities
  • Takeovers and Mergers
  • Corporate Reconstruction and Insolvency
  • Index
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