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How to understand the complexities of UK company law, by Saleem Sheikh

Posted by: Laurence Simons 20/01/15

For over 20 years I have practiced in the fields of commercial property and company commercial law and worked across variety of jurisdictions. During this time I have had the pleasure of working with and advising numerous corporate entities of all sizes.

As a bi-product I have developed a particular interest in corporate governance and the legal aspects of corporate social responsibility. This in turn led me to write the Company Law Handbook 2015 which takes into account up-to-date changes in corporate law and legislation and reflects the modernisation and the future direction of UK company law.

In my experience one of the principal challenges in the restructuring of company law in the United Kingdom has been to provide for a mechanism for progressive modernisation that takes account of the needs of the users whilst reducing the administrative burden, particularly for private companies. Since the Companies Act 2006 came into force there have been a series of major reviews, legislative reforms, case law developments and changes in judicial attitudes towards new areas of company law. These changes are illustrative of how the legal system has tried to adapt to the progressive modern landscape that companies now face, and in essence is what I have tried to encapsulate within the handbook.

With this in mind the handbook highlights significant cases that impact on UK company law and includes principal judgments that underpin the importance attached to the topic under consideration, including practical checklists. Rather than taking an encyclopaedic approach, the Company Law Handbook 2015 charts the company lifecycle from pre-incorporation through to incorporation. It then culminates with the winding up process, addressing, in detail, the essential requirements in establishing a company - this includes the steps, procedures and documents that are required during the existence of the corporation.
A further significant feature of the handbook is the consideration of new topics including legal aspects of corporate social responsibility, human rights, corporate bribery and corporate manslaughter. It also introduces new topics that have a direct bearing on the legal and practical aspects of company law, such as the inter-relationship between various areas of law, including trusts, contract, agency, and the European dimension.

 About the author:

  • PhD in Company & Labor Law, London School of Economics, United Kingdom
  • Law Society, United Kingdom
  • Master of Laws, London School of Economics, United Kingdom
  • Bachelor of Laws, Leicester University, United Kingdom

Saleem initially trained in the city and qualified as a solicitor in the UK and then continued to work with a number of leading law firms. During his career he has worked at senior levels both in private practice and in-house. He has worked in a variety of jurisdictions and is currently based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where he has been advising a variety of multinational and local companies across the Middle East.