This module will look at the practical application of company law principles. The module will be taught by means of a practical guided simulation, spanning the lifetime of a business. It will address different business structures and enable students to both identify differences and choose the media most applicable to their client’s requirements.
The module will also encompass key business transactions and the reporting and filing requirements. Taxation and accounts relevant to the different business media will also be covered.
The importance of business planning and marketing strategies will be addressed, with a view to enabling students to appreciate the issues faced by businesses in the ‘real world’.
Finally, students will be presented with problem-based scenarios in relation to an insolvent business and will be required to consider the various options and liabilities.
The aim of this module is to give students the opportunity to explore what has been described as a dynamic area of law. The module seeks to examine specific areas of consumer law, much of which has been influenced by the rapid expansion of consumer law legislation emanating from the European Union. The module gives students the opportunity to explore the intricacies, any inconsistencies, and issues of policy involved in particular areas of consumer protection law.
The module is aimed at providing students with knowledge and practical insight in relation to the governance of corporations. Corporate Law is focused on the regulation of companies, their formation, operations, and governance. Students on this module can learn the foundations of corporate governance, the theories which underpin regulation in this area, the legal framework for governance in companies, the relationship between different actors involved in corporate governance, directors and their duties, and how the rights/responsibilities of shareholders and stakeholders are engaged with in the corporate governance process.
Employment law is a complicated yet dynamic area of study subject to rapid and constant change. The aim of this module is to examine critically the sources and institutions of employment law which attempt to regulate and support relations between employers and employees.
The study of this module will also give the students an opportunity to appreciate the impact of European Law and Human Rights Law on UK national law in this area. The module seeks to concentrate on the employment relationship, issues of discrimination in the workplace, equal pay, equality in the workplace and termination of employment. Further, this module provides students with an opportunity to develop not only knowledge and understanding of the technical law relating to aspects of employment but also the opportunity to examine ethical, contemporary and perhaps controversial issues in this field.
The aim of this module is to provide students with an opportunity to build on skills they are expected to have developed in the previous two years through other subjects such as legal reasoning and problem solving. Initially, students can be introduced to the doctrine, maxims and remedies of Equity but the main emphasis will be upon the nature of a trust which has always been the principal concern of Equity.
The classification, nature and creation of various types of express and implied trusts can be considered together with the appointment, powers and duties of trustees. The law relating to charitable trusts may also be examined and the module aims to conclude with an investigation of the implications of a breach of trust.
The module enables students to experience law in practice, applying their legal knowledge and research skills to factual legal problems in a clinical setting.
Students will interview real clients, research both legal and practical solutions to the issues identified in order to achieve the clients’ goals and will advise accordingly, in writing, on the options available.
The module is designed to provide students with an opportunity to take their legal knowledge out of the classroom and to give them an insight into how their theoretical studies relate to the practical application of law. The module aims to develop practical lawyerly skills (interviewing, writing and presentation skills).
Selection for the module will be based predominately on level 2 grades and attendance. Depending upon demand, written submissions and/or interviews may be considered.
This module provides students with an opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of investigative academic work on a chosen area of business law or a commercial law-related topic. The dissertation may develop ideas encountered in other modules or it may be concerned with matters outside such modules.
The end product, a piece of written work approximately 12,500 words in length, should demonstrate knowledge, understanding, critical analysis, and original thinking, as well as general academic and communication skills. In addition to providing academic opportunities, the dissertation also provides students with the opportunity to develop practical skills such as (depending on the topic and methodology adopted) interviewing technique, questionnaire design, and information retrieval.
This module is designed to provide students with an opportunity to evaluate the political and sociological issues affecting the practice of law and how law can operate as a business.
In recent years, law firms have faced many challenges, for instance:
- Firms have been subjected to increasing regulation in the form of money laundering requirements, and outcome based regulation, whilst others have seen the latter as a relaxation of standards.
- Newcomers to the legal marketplace, with the advent of ‘Alternative Business Structures’ have challenged the traditional delivery of legal services.
- The drastic reduction of public funding for cases (legal aid) has stifled the cash flow of many high street practices and medium size practices which had based its business model on that particular income stream.
- Leading firms have faced insolvency, a situation almost unheard of before the current decade.
- Increasing fees in Courts and Employment Tribunals have reduced the availability of claimant work.
- Direct public access to Counsel challenges the traditional solicitor/barrister partnership model. Students will be encouraged to view legal practice in a business and regulatory context and develop commercial awareness around the practical pressures and difficulties faced by firms operating in the current legal market place.
This module aims to introduce students to the general principles of civil liability for tortious wrongs. It is designed to complement the Contract Law module which is taught at Level One. The Law of Tort is predominantly a common law subject although there are certain statute based torts which are covered by the module.
This module enables students to experience law in a workplace setting. Students can either arrange their own suitable work experience (one half day per week or equivalent, as agreed in advance with module co-ordinators) or will be allocated a placement by the module coordinator.
Students will be expected to evaluate the workplace structure and the key roles within it. Students will have the opportunity to consider any regulatory impacts on the organisation (including the roles of the Compliance Officers for Legal Practice (COLPs) and for Finance and Administration (COFAs), where relevant), the recruitment and marketing policies, as well as exploring the application of theoretical legal knowledge to on-going legal problems.