LEGAL305-18Y (HAM)

Corporate Entities

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Paper Description

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An introduction to the concept of corporate personality in the law including an introduction to the general principles of law relating to companies and other corporates.
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Paper Structure

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This is a whole year paper. The teaching component comprises TWO compulsory one-hour lectures per week and six compulsory tutorial rounds throughout the year.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to apply the law granting legal status to a company and legal exceptions to the principle of incorporation of a corporate
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  • Demonstrate a critical contextual appreciation of the significance of the law on agency and its impact on the ability of corporate entities to practically operate as legal persons
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  • Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and functions of a registered New Zealand company, having particular regard to the roles, rights and obligations of the range of persons responsible for the company’s operation
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  • Demonstrate an ability to apply the law regarding directors’ duties and shareholder remedies to specific fact situations
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  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the corporate law framework in New Zealanbd which will include other corporate entities such as incorporated societies, Maori corporate entities as well as unincorporated societies and associations
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The two(2) opinions are both compulsory components for the assessment of this course. Failure to complete these pieces of assessment will render students as being ineligible to pass the paper.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 60:40. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 40% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 60:40 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 40% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Opinion 1
16 May 2018
10:00 PM
2. Opinion 2
12 Sep 2018
10:00 PM
3. Exam
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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All law students are required to purchase, for use in all law papers, a copy of McLay, Murray & Orpin, New Zealand Law Style Guide, 2nd edition, Thomson Reuters. This is available from Bennetts, at an approximate price of $37 including GST.

In addition to the texts identified below, the Faculty of Law requires that students purchase the course materials book(s), of which there are TWO for this paper. These are available from Waikato Print. The 12 lectures for Semester A will be based on the contents of course materials' book ONE.


  • Companies Act 1993 as amended
  • Incorporated Societies Act 1908
  • Von Dadelszen, M.,Law of Societies in New Zealand, 2nd Edition, LexisNexis NZ Limited, Wellington, 2013
  • Watts, Campbell and Hare, Company Law in New Zealand, 2nd Edition,LexisNexis NZ Ltd, Wellington, 2016
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Recommended Readings

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  • Barrett, J., Understanding Company Law, 3rd Edition, LexisNexis NZ Ltd, 2014
  • Berkahn, M., Company Law [Questions and Answers], 3rd Edition, LexisNexis NZ Ltd, 2016
  • Farmer K & Hillind H.,Company Law[Student Companion], 2nd Edition, LexisNexis NZ Ltd, 2015
  • Farrar, J.H and Watson, S., Company and Securities Law in New Zealand, 2nd Edition, Thomson Reuters, Wellington, 2013
  • Fletcher, K.L., The Law Relating to Non-Profit Associations in Australia and New Zealand, The Law Book Company Limited, 1986
  • LexisNexis, Company Law Made Easy, by MyLawGuide's analysts.
  • McDermott J., Understanding Company Law, LexisNexis NZ Ltd, Wellington, 2011
  • Sievers, A.S., Associations and Clubs Law in Australia and New Zealand, 3rd Edition, Federation Press, 2010
  • Watts, Campbell & Hare, Company Law In New Zealand, LexisNexis NZ Ltd, 2011

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Other Resources

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Recommended Legislation

  • Te Ture Maori Act 1993
  • Maori Fisheries Act 2004
  • Treaty of Waitangi Act 1975
  • Waikato Raupatu Claims Settlement Act 1995
  • Ngai Tahu Claims Settlement Act 1998
  • Waikato -Tainui Raupatu Claims (Waikato River) Act 2010
  • Maori Commercial Aquaculture Claims Settlement Act 2004
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Online Support

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Students should expect to spend 150 hours in total on this paper. In addition to lecture attendance, significant time will need to be spent on background and complementary reading. Students should allow for periods of more-focused research time in the preparation of assignments.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Students are advised that LAWS305-18YCorporate Entities is a compulsory course for the law degree and provides useful background for students seeking to enroll in course LAWS426-18B Commercial Transactions.

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Restricted papers: LAWS305

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