LAW20090 Company Law I

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module is the first of two focusing on the law of companies in Ireland which, when taken together, cover the required syllabus for the professional bodies in the subject Company Law.

This module aims to give students a basic understanding of the fundamentals of Irish Comapny law. It covers the entrire life cycle for the company from incorporation to dissolution.

The syllabus of topics which may be explored in this module includes - Characteristics of companies, Types of company, Formation of companies, The consequences of incorporation, Disregard of separate legal personality, Corporate capacity, Authority of corporate agents, Corporate governance structures, Corporate membership, Directors and other officers, Meetings & resolutions, financing and reporting, mergers reconstructions and takeovers, examinerships and investigations, and the dissolution of companies. Specific topics to be covered include: Corporate finance; Share capital and loans; Allotment, transfer and transmission of shares; Debentures and charges; Receivers and receivership; The maintenance of capital; Accounts and auditors; Corporate investigations; Amalgamations and reconstructions; Examinership; Windings up. The module includes significant reference to English company law in addition to the primary focus which is on the law of Ireland, including the Companies Bill 2012.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completing this module students will be expected to be able to:

Describe and distinguish the various types of bodies corporate known in Irish Law;
Advise on the appropriate choice of business organisation for adoption by different types of enterprise

Describe and discuss the consequences of incorporation;

Identify the circumstances in which the separate legal personality of corporations can be disregarded;

Outline, discuss and apply the principles of governance imposed by company law, including the law relating to meetings

Describe, discuss and apply the legal requirements, rights and obligations of shareholders and members generally, including the legal remedies provided for aggreived members under Irish company law.

Describe, discuss, and apply the legal requirements, rights and obligations of directors and other officers.

Describe the methods by which Irish companies can raise equity and debt capital;

Describe the legal responses to corporate insolvency

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
2 hour weekly lectures with tutorials requiring active student engagement and participation. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
ACC30050 - Corp. Govn & Company Law, LAW41830 - Advanced Company Law 1

Company Law I (LAW27090)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Written Examination (2 hours). 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Class written feedback post assessment.

Name Role
Mr Brian Hutchinson Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr James McDermott Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Aoife McPartland Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Lynn Clarke-Hearty Tutor
Calum Maclaren Tutor
Paul Maier Tutor