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Company Directors' Duties and Conflicts of Interest


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1: Introduction 2: Theory and Rationale 3: Definitions and Interaction between Duties 4: Conflicts of Interest 5: Conflicts of Duties 6: Multiple Directorships (including Competing Directorships) 7: Disclosure and Declaration of Interests 8: Corporate Opportunities 9: Related Party Regimes and other Specific Statutory Regimes 10: The Role of Other Duties 11: Authorisation 12: Consequences of Breach 13: Conclusion

About the Author

Dr Rosemary Teele Langford is an Associate Professor with the Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, and teaches a number of subject areas including company law and corporate governance, having previously practised with Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens Linklaters). She edits the directors' duties section of the Company and Securities Law Journal (Thomson Reuters) and has significant expertise in the area of directors' duties, having published and presented on this topic extensively.


Professor Langford has seamlessly woven together challenging conceptual debates and theoretical analysis with concrete practical guidance as well as ideas about reform. This book will prove invaluable to directors, advisors, policy-makers, students, and judges alike. And its timing is perfect. Both here and abroad, there has been a renewed focus on directors' conflicts and duties [] every company director and every adviser, as well as those dealing with company directors' duties and conflicts of interest in any capacity, should read the book, understand the book and follow the book - it is practical, powerful, poignant and persuasive. * Justice Gordon AC, High Court of Australia *
Directors' conflicts are a significant and long standing issue that has not been satisfactorily resolved [] the really exciting aspect of Professor Langford's writing is that the discussion of these theoretical ideas is firmly grounded in their practical implications and the practical possibilities that they generate. It is, I think, ground-breaking research. * Justice Gordon AC, High Court of Australia *
Rarely does one encounter a work that judges, scholars, teachers, practitioners and advance level students will find invaluable from a doctrinal, theoretical and policy perspective. Professor Rosemary Langford's book is an exemplar. Her analysis of directorial conflicts of interest, which is one of the most difficult and contested areas in company law, is incisive and persuasive. Her exposition of the case law in multiple jurisdictions is clear and comprehensive. No doubt this outstanding piece of scholarship will be widely read and cited. * Dr Ernest Lim, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore *
Conflicts of interests in relation to the duties of directors is a difficult and demanding area of the law and yet in this book Rosemary Teele Langford has provided us not only with a comprehensive, scholarly and very well-written exposition of the law, she has made the law as clear as one can do so. In the course of doing this, the author demonstrates a very good understanding of the position across several jurisdictions of the Commonwealth (and Hong Kong). Importantly, the footnoting is excellent and particularly helpful for further study. Writing a book that is of benefit to both academia and practice is never easy, but I believe that the author has been able to achieve this as the book is of immense value to both the corporate law academic and the legal practitioner. * Professor Andrew Keay, School of Law, University of Leeds *
One of the beauties of this book is its ease of use. It presents itself in a clear, straightforward, logical manner. Each of its twelve chapters starts with an introduction and ends with a useful summary in the conclusion. Paragraphs are numbered throughout and there is a detailed table of contents and index to facilitate the often-lengthy process of looking things up. ... For practitioners, academics and judges, as well as students involved with this area of the law, this book is a useful and indeed essential acquisition. * Phillip Taylor MBE, Head of Chambers, and Elizabeth Taylor, Richmond Green Chamber *
The topic of Conflict of Interest is one of central importance to company law and corporate governance and the author has done an excellent job in discussing British Commonwealth caselaw. ... The book is to be welcomed as a valuable addition to the literature. * John Farrar, Company and Securities Law Journal *
Dr Rosemary Langford is right to say in her preface that the subject of directors' conflicts has eluded clear guidance, and a work devoted to the subject is overdue. This book is therefore particularly welcome ... A monograph enables the author to analyse a subject with a depth and a breadth not possible in a more general work. Dr Langford has taken full advantage of this opportunity. * Rt Hon Lord Justice David Richards *
Dr Langford tackles all these areas not only in depth but also in breadth. She draws together the law in the UK, Australia, Hong Kong, Canada, and New Zealand. She is right to do so. I can say from my own experience that the judgments of the courts in these countries have a profound effect on the way in which similar cases are argued and decided in the other countries ... Given the universal nature of the problems and our common legal heritage, this is exactly as it should be. For all these reasons, as well as the scholarship demonstrated in each chapter, I warmly welcome this book as an important addition to the learning available to judges, practitioners, and academics concerned with this area of the law. * Rt Hon Lord Justice David Richards *

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