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Commercial Law for Business


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 5
  • Convenor: Dr Arron Phillips
  • Tutor: Nabil Rafiq
  • Assessment: a two-hour 10-minute examination (100%)

Module description

This module gives you an overview of the law relevant to business organisations, and is divided into three main areas of study:

  • The English legal system
  • Contract law
  • Company law

You will learn about the law of contract and the sale of goods, which are fundamental to business, and the legal consequences of a company having a separate artificial legal personality.

Delivery is through lectures, seminars and group discussion.

Indicative syllabus

  • Introduction to the structure of the courts
  • Sources of law
  • European community law
  • Formation of contracts
  • Sale of goods legislation
  • Formation of companies
  • Director’s duties

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will:

  • be familiar with the law-making process both in this jurisdiction and the European Community, and the relationship between them
  • understand the basic elements of English law of contract
  • understand the status of different terms and that the law will imply terms into many contracts
  • understand what amounts to a misrepresentation and appreciate the variety of causes of action and respective remedies
  • recognise the distinction between a partnership and a company, the various types of companies and understand the exceptions to the rule that a company has a separate legal personality.