General Law and Statutory Directors' Duties: 'Unmixed Oil and Water' or 'Integrated Parts of the Whole Law?'

(2015) 131 Law Quarterly Review 635

Posted: 9 May 2016

Date Written: August 31, 2015

Abstract

In light of increasing focus on the interaction of statute and general law, and the need for coherence, this article looks at the relationship between general law and statutory directors' duties in Australia and the United Kingdom. It does so with particular focus on general law and statutory duties to act in good faith in the interests of the company. It is shown that the two sets of duties should be interpreted and applied as part of an integrated body of law governing directors’ duties in each jurisdiction. This critical comparative analysis demonstrates the principle of coherence in action, as well as the insights this principle could bring.

Keywords: fiduciary duties, directors' duties, Companies Act 2006(UK), Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), coherence, company law

JEL Classification: KN 22, KN 29

Suggested Citation

Langford, Rosemary Teele, General Law and Statutory Directors' Duties: 'Unmixed Oil and Water' or 'Integrated Parts of the Whole Law?' (August 31, 2015). (2015) 131 Law Quarterly Review 635, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2776884

Rosemary Teele Langford (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne - Law School ( email )

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185 Pelham Street, Carlton
Victoria, Victoria 3010
Australia

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