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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge-Cavendish; New Ed edition (9 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415425425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415425421
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 986,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr Talbot is Associate Professor at Warwick University. Her research interests are in American and English corporate law, business associations and corporate governance from a critical and contextual perspective. She has delivered a number of papers on these areas and has published in the Company Lawyer, Law and Critique and the Cambridge Journal of Financial Crime.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Percival on 7 Dec. 2008
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Company law isn't my specialism, so I came to this book in much the same way as an undergraduate would (all right, an undergraduate who knows a lot of law). Generally, you can only really read a critical account if (a) you already know the black letter law; (b) you read a black letter textbook at the same time or (c) you don't care what the reactionary lackey law professors say the law is. In this book, Talbot carries off the trick of giving you a genuinely critical and contextual way into the law while at the same time seting out what the legislation (including the Companies Act 2006) actually says. To my mind, this adds a lot to the critical end of this hybrid - it makes the critical assessment of the development of directors duties, say, or the slow death of the ultra vires rule much richer. I also found Talbot's account of the differences in the historical developmen of company law in England and the US very illuminating. We are used to thinking of a unitary "Anglo-Saxon model", but this account provides subtle but profound nuances to that approach. Scratching around for a criticism, I would say that the long chapter on the de-mutualisation of building societies (introduced as a "case study") doesn't flow very naturally from the rest of the book. The trouble with this as a criticism, however, is that the chapter is fascinating in its own right.
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