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Semester 1

Business Entities (LAWS08134)







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This course is only open to visiting students coming through a direct exchange with the School of Law (including Erasmus students on a Law-specific exchange). Exchange students outside of Law and independent study abroad students are not eligible to enrol in this course, with no exceptions. Students must have passed courses equivalent to Contract and Unjustified Enrichment (LAWS08127) AND Scottish Legal System (LAWS08128) before enrolling on this course, and students therefore cannot take either of those pre-requisite courses alongside this one. **NB: As the exam is in May, visiting students who are here in semester 1 only must submit an essay in December in place of sitting the exam; full year visiting students MUST sit the exam in May**

Course Summary

Business Entities (ordinary) is designed to offer an introduction to business entities in Scotland. The course covers both the general law and statutory law.

Course Description

The course will look at the following: (i) agency (including commercial agency); (ii) partnerships (general and limited partnerships); (iii) limited liability partnerships; and (iv) companies. The course is, essentially, comprised of two parts: (i) Agency and Partnership law; and (ii) Company law. It will involve looking at relevant primary sources (cases and legislation), and secondary sources (textbooks and articles). The course will not look at corporate insolvency (liquidation, receivership and administration) in the section on Company Law. Corporate insolvency will be dealt with in the Commercial Law (Ordinary) course in semester two, where it will be taught in conjunction with personal insolvency (bankruptcy). Given common legislation in some areas, e.g. company law and commercial agency, there is a reasonable amount of overlap with English law, as these areas refer to United Kingdom or British legislation. Thus, English case law will frequently be referred to in relation to matters concerning the interpretation of provision of statutes, as well as the general law; this will be particularly so for company law.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 100%, Coursework 0%, Practical Exam 0%

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