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No law, no sources, don't buy.
on 8 October 2014
I completely regret buying this book.
The author does not use references at all, meaning his writing might as well be based-off opinion and hearsay. Tricker often uses phrases like 'majority of' or 'particularly' but never provides sources to back up his statements. He jumps between various jurisdictions, but doesn't provide any detail on any of them.
What's worse is that, for what is essentially a legal textbook, the reference to substantive law and specific Codes of practice is nil. For example, Tricker writes:
"Many articles of association put upper and lower limits on board size. Some company law jurisdictions also have rules on board size, particularly the minimum number of directors; some prohibiting single director boards."
Now, you would expect a footnote detailing the model articles and relevant sections of the Companies Act 2006 (this is after all a legal textbook for English students). But there is nothing. Does Tricker assume that we know the law already? If so, why bother telling it to us again?
Essentially, this has no more credibility than a novel. Law students are encouraged in all their work to cite sources and give legal authority. This does the exact opposite.
As such, I would strongly recommend that you do not buy this book and look for something a bit more academic. Either way, you'll need a second book to find the actual law.