COMPANY LAWYER OR STUDENT! HERE’S BOYLE & BIRDS -- NOW IN THE NEW UPDATED 9th EDITION
An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers
As we have written elsewhere, company law or ‘corporate governance’ as it is sometimes called, is not the easiest of subjects because it requires an authoritative and reliable textbook to help both practitioners and students untangle its intricacies: and here it is- the new ninth edition of Boyle & Birds for 2014 from Jordans Publishing.
“Boyle and Birds” remains a well-established practitioner work that is also ideal for students, as well as company administrators. It is based on ‘Gore-Browne on Companies’, the acknowledged authority on company law. So it comes as no surprise to note that John Birds is a contributor to -- and A J Boyle is Editor Emeritus of -- Gore-Browne on Companies!
This new edition remains an authoritative examination of law and practice of company law and it also places theoretical issues under scrutiny. This and its plain language approach make it ideal for those studying for examinations, as well as laymen, for that matter, seeking to extend their understanding of company law.
This edition incorporates further significant case law developments that have taken place over the past few years. The updates include: case law on members’ rights and the duties of shadow directors; new cases on the core directors’ duties of proper purpose and good faith; the Supreme Court decisions in Eurosail and Nortel Networks; the Court of Appeal decision in Game Station; and (of importance to students) the piercing of the corporate veil in VTB and Prest.
The book is logically structured the 21 chapters which in just under 1,000 pages, deal with virtually every aspect of company law, from the development of the registered company, to such topics as legal personality, registration, formation and promotion of companies and the company’s constitution. There are four chapters on shares, share capital and debentures and a detailed chapter on corporate governance.
These are only a few examples of the vast range of subject matter covered. The last chapter which is one of the lengthiest covers corporate reconstruction and insolvency -- and deals in detail with such areas as administration and compulsory liquidation.
Copiously and meticulously footnoted throughout, this substantial volume provides extensive tables of cases, statutes and statutory instruments – some fifty pages of them. The detailed Table of Contents plus a thirty-five page index at the back each facilitate looking up what you need to know in a large hurry. The book is nothing if not a time-saver for the hard-pressed practitioner.
Those professionally involved directly, or even indirectly in domestic company law will find this distinguished new edition of Boyle & Birds remains as John Birds says a reliable and comprehensive guide to this diverse, difficult and complex subject.