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Feb. 18, 2009

Change at last - a new era for company law, Southampton University professor at forefront

University logoOctober 1 2009 will be a landmark day in the history of company law when the Companies Act 2006 finally comes fully into force. Introduced into Parliament on 1 November 2005, the Companies Act received Royal Assent on 8 November 2006. Commencement has been staggered over the past three years, but now all the remaining Parts will come into force on 1 October 2009. Part of the explanation for the snail-like progress is that the Act is the longest statute ever enacted by Parliament. With 1,300 sections and 16 schedules, it reflects the most wide ranging reform of company law for 60 years.

Prof Brenda HanniganProf Brenda Hannigan, LLM Coordinator for the School of Law (pictured), has been working on a new edition of her student textbook, Company Law, to be published by Oxford University Press in May 2009.

Additionally, Prof Hannigan is working on a further edition of a commentary on the new legislation together with Prof Dan Prentice, formerly of Oxford University, and leading barristers from Erskine Chambers and solicitors from City law firm, Herbert Smith. Hannigan and Prentice, The Companies Act 2006 – A Commentary will be published by LexisNexis Butterworths in September 2009.

For further details on Southampton University’s School of Law LLM, contact:
Ms Alison Lampard, Postgraduate Admissions Secretary
School of Law
University of Southampton,
Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ
England, United Kingdom

T: +44 (0)23 8059 3447
F: +44 (0)23 8059 3024

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