Understanding Company Law is a lively treatment of the key principles of the Companies Act 2006 and modern company law. It takes a unique approach to the subject which also encompasses the important and growing fields of securities regulation, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility.

The Companies Act 2006 is now the largest statute on the books. Company law can be a dry and technical subject. Nevertheless, in Understanding Company Law, Professor Hudson provides a straightforward guide to the law, while providing context, detailed analyses of the leading cases, and no little humour.

This book covers all of the key topics which a student reader will encounter in any company law course. The discussion presents the key principles simply before guiding the reader through the more complex issues which are often the focus of examinations in this subject. It also offers pathways into further reading, while injecting enjoyment back into the topic. It has been written by an accomplished law teacher specifically to enthuse students about this subject.

Online support

Visit the author’s website at https://www.alastairhudson.com to find podcasts of specially recorded lectures covering the basic principles.

chapter |8 pages


chapter 1|10 pages

The birth of modern company law

chapter 2|22 pages

The Salomon principle

chapter 3|14 pages

The nature of modern companies

chapter 4|20 pages

The legal structure of a company

chapter 5|10 pages

The ownership of a company

chapter 6|28 pages

The management and operation of a company

chapter 7|32 pages

Directors’ duties

chapter 8|20 pages

Shareholders’ rights

chapter 9|20 pages

Corporate governance

chapter 10|16 pages

The company’s capital

chapter 11|24 pages

Securities regulation and raising capital

chapter 12|10 pages

Mergers and takeovers

chapter 13|14 pages

Corporate insolvency

chapter 14|14 pages

Corporate social responsibility

chapter 15|16 pages

Thinking about company law