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The Impact of Modern Influences on the Traditional Duties of Care, Skill and Diligence of Company Directors

By Demetra Arsalidou


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Although all are agreed that current commercial realities dramatically affect the duties owed by directors to their companies, there is as yet no consensus on what, if anything, should be done about it. Some urge reform, or at least modification, while others insist that the traditional standard which may be expressed generally as `such care as is reasonably expected, having regard to the director's knowledge and experience'--has the great merit of flexibility. In an initiative aimed at clearing this impasse, the English and Scottish Law Commissions have proposed a statutory formulation, on the grounds that this would at least bring more certainty and clarity to the applicable standards.

This important book delves into the issues surrounding this debate, presenting the arguments for and against a statutory statement, with in-depth analysis of the various degrees of reform that could be brought to bear on the issue.

The author approaches the subject in a variety of revealing ways:

  • through a historical survey of standards in the United Kingdom, especially as developed through case law;
  • through a comparative analysis with two civil law jurisdictions (France and Germany) and two other common law jurisdictions (Australia and the United States);
  • through a doctrinal analysis derived from the extensive literature on the subject, especially concerning the relevance of the law of trusts and the tort of negligence; and
  • through an analysis of recent UK legislative developments, particularly Section 214 of the Insolvency Act 1986 and the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986.

    Practitioners and academics in company law, as well as thoughtful business people, will appreciate the depth and clarity of this analysis. Its clear-headed elucidation of a contentious issue is sure to move this important matter forward toward a timely and needed formulation, statutory or otherwise.

  • Last Updated 06/01/1986
    Update Frequency As Needed
    Product Line Kluwer Law International
    ISBN 9789041198518
    SKU 10058643-0001
    Table of Contents
    1. Introduction
    2. A Chronological Analysis of the Case Law Surrounding the Duties of Care, Skill and Diligence
    3. A Historical Outline of the Duties, and a Comparative Analysis with the Contractual Standards of Care, Skill and Diligence and Civil Law Jurisdictions
    4. The Duties of Care, Skill and Diligence: Critical Analysis of the Current Law
    5. A Comparison with the Law of Trusts
    6. Liability under Tortiuos Principles
    7. Australia and England--A Comparison
    8. United States and England--A Comparison
    9. The Impact of Section 214(4) of the Insolvency Act 1986 on the Directors' Duties to the Company
    10. The Influence of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 on the Common Law Duties to the Company
    11. Concluding Remarks and Recommendations
    12. Conclusions. Bibliography