Specialisation: Banking and finance law

Commercial banking law: bank customer relationship

Module A [LWM72A]

Banks and customers

What is a bank and who is a bank customer?

The contract: obligations of parties, significance of the mandate, termination of the contract, variation, proper law of the contract

Duty of confidentiality owed by a bank to its customers and the circumstances in which the duty can, or must, be breached

Module B [LWM72B]

Duty of care, fiduciary duty, constructive trust and undue influence

A bank’s duty of care: application and scope of duty

Fiduciary obligations: when does bank become a fiduciary and how can it limit or exclude its obligations?

Constructive trust: when does liability as a constructive trustee arise?

Undue influence: types of undue influence, how can a bank protect its transactions from challenge on the grounds of undue influence?

Constructive trust: when does liability as a constructive trustee arise?

Customer’s duty of care

Module C [LWM72C]

Accounts, money, payment and fund transfers

What is money, how is its transfer conceptualised legally? Chattel and bank money

What is payment and how is it made?

Credit and debit transfers

Clearing and settlement systems

Legal relationships

Accounts and dispute resolution
-Accounts: types of accounts and their implications
-Dealing with complaints: Banking Codes, Financial Services Ombudsman Service

Module D [LWM72D]

Cheques and payment cards

  What is a cheque, the obligations of, and defences available to, paying and collecting banks

Payment cards and recovering mistaken payments
-Payment cards: debit cards, credit cards, charge cards, digital cash cards, etc.
-Contractual relationships
-Consumer Credit Act
-Recovering mistaken payments

Students are required to attempt the modules in order.

E.P. Ellinger, Eva Lomnicker and Richard Hooley, Ellinger's Modern Banking Law 4th ed (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), ISBN: 9780199281190

Commercial trusts law

Module A [LWM06A]

The nature of commercial trusts

Equity, trusts and commercial expectations

The contractarian account of trusts

Unit trusts and other financial uses of trusts

The constitution of express trusts in commercial transactions

Module B [LWM06B]

Equitable devices used to take security in commercial contracts

Taking security in loan contracts

Equitable charges

Establishing title at common law and in equity

Example: collateralisation in financial transactions

Module C [LWM06C]

The recovery of property in commercial litigation

Breach of trust in commercial and investment transactions

Recovery of property in relation to terminated transactions

Personal liability to account of commercial intermediaries

Case study: the local authority swaps cases

Module D [LWM06D]

Investment of trust funds

The duty to invest under statute

The duty to invest in the case law

Principles of the law of finance

Issues with portfolio investment strategies

Module A first.

Alastair Hudson, Equity and Trusts 5th ed (London: Routledge-Cavendish Publishing, 2007), ISBN: 9780415418478

Alastair Hudson, Understanding Equity and Trusts 3rd ed (London: Cavendish Publishing, 2008), ISBN: 9781859418871

Corporate finance and management issues in company law

Students are advised that the subject demands some previous knowledge of English law in general, and especially of the English law of contract and agency, and of trusts.

Module A [LWM09A]

Capital I



Class rights

Module B [LWM09B]

Capital II

Raising capital: Shares

Raising capital: Debentures

Module C [LWM09C]

Corporate Management I

The management of the company

Directors' duties

Liquidation (in outline only)

Module D [LWM09D]

Corporate Management II

Management theory

Corporate governance

Module A first.

Alan Dignam and John Lowry, Company Law 4th ed (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006), ISBN: 0199289360

Len Sealy and Sarah Wothington, Cases and Materials in Company Law 9th ed (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), ISBN: 9780199576807

Paul L. Davies, Gower and Davies: The Principles of Modern Company Law 8th ed (London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2008), ISBN: 9780421949003

Corporate governance and compliance

Module A [ LWM80A ]

Governance – legal and regulatory framework

Introduction to corporate governance

-Corporate governance in the United Kingdom

-Corporate governance in the United States


Board of Directors

-Key principles and practicalities

-Composition and processes

Board committees

-International overview of board structures


Sarbanes-Oxley requirements

Listing requirements: how capital markets impose corporate governance requirements

Module B [ LWM80B ]


Introduction to compliance

-Internal enforcement




-Deferred prosecution agreements

Information systems: data privacy, data transfers, offshoring and the cloud

Corporate hospitality

Ethics, responsibility and social culture

Module C [ LWM80C ]

Bribery and corruption, money laundering and terror financing

Bribery and corruption

-US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)

-UK Bribery Act 2010

-Internationalisation of prohibitions on foreign bribery

Money laundering

-UK Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 offences

-UK Money Laundering Regulations 2007

Terror financing

-UK Terrorism Act 2000 offences

Module D [ LWM80D ]

Regulated industries – compliance and risk management in the financial sector

Introduction to risk management

Approaches to risk management

Governance in banks and how poor governance can cause systemic financial crises

Fraud within the banking sector

Sequence: Module A must be attempted before module B; module B must be attempted before module C; module B must be attempted before module D.


Miller, G.P. The law of governance, risk management and compliance. (New York: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2014) [ISBN 9781454845447].

Weinstein, S. and C. Wild Legal risk management, governance and compliance. (London: Globe Law & Business, 2013) [ISBN 9781905783946]

These will be despatched to registered students along with the hard copy of the Study Guides. Some readings are already available via the VLE, the Online Library or other internet sources.

Derivatives law

Module A [LWM75A]

Analysing and documenting derivatives transactions

The nature of financial derivatives

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) Master Agreement structure

The provisions of the ISDA master agreement

Issues in the creation of financial derivatives

Module B [LWM75B]

Terminating derivatives transactions

The ISDA termination scheme in outline

Events of default

Termination events

The ISDA termination procedure

Module C [LWM75C]

Legal issues in collateralisation and stock-lending

Taking security under English law

Collateralisation in general terms

Standard market documentation for collateral

Lessons from the local authority swaps cases

Module D [LWM75D]

Credit derivatives and securitisation

Credit derivatives


Stock-lending and repo transactions

Derivatives and the financial crisis

Module A, B and C must be attempted before module D.

Hudson, A. The law of finance. (London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2009) first edition [ISBN 9780421947306]

International and comparative bank regulation

Module A [LWM64A]

Risk, banks and the principles of bank regulation

Banks and risk: what is a bank, why are banks important, what is risk?

Principles of regulation: what is regulation and what is its purpose(s)?

Module B [LWM64B]

Basel Committee and the regulation of international banks

Issues in international bank regulation: what are the problems?

Basel Committee on Banking Supervision: its structure, soft law

The Concordat 1975, Revised Concordat 1983, Core Principles

Capital Adequacy: Basel I and II

The impact of the banking crisis on Basel

Module C [LWM64C]

European Union regulation and who should regulate banks

EU banking regulation law

Who should regulate banks? Single financial regulator, multiple regulators?

Module D [LWM64D]

United Kingdom bank regulation law

Pre-1979: ‘unregulated’ period. Regulation 1979-1997

Financial Services Authority: structure, accountability, objectives and practice

Starting with A, modules must be attempted in order.

There is no supplied textbook for this course. Instead, students are directed to read an extensive selection of online resources.

International and comparative trust law

Students are not required to have studied the 'Law of trusts' at undergraduate level. However, it is advisable to have done so, for this course assumes that students are familiar with, and have an understanding of, the 'Law of trusts' and the standard works on the subject up to LLB level or its equivalent. Knowledge of the relevant principles of the 'Conflict of laws' is useful, though not essential.

Module A [LWM29A]

The nature of the English trust

Survey of the English law of trusts


The trust as property-holding vehicle and as obligation

The core content of a trust

The Beneficiary Principle: trusts for non-charitable purposes

Module B [LWM29B]

Offshore purpose trusts

Introduction to offshore non-charitable purpose trusts

The Bahamas



The British Virgin Islands

The Cook Islands



Isle of Man



The STAR trust of the Cayman Islands

The British Virgin Islands’ Vista Trusts

Module C [LWM29C]

Asset protection trusts

Asset protection trusts in a commercial and trading context

Introduction to offshore asset protection trusts

The pre-Insolvency Act 1986 and current position under English law

The Bahamas

The Cayman Islands

The Cook Islands



The Isle of Man


Avoidance of forced heirship

Module D [LWM29A]

Special issues in international and comparative trust law

Part one:

Choice of law; jurisdiction; recognition; enforcement

General principles of choice of law

The Hague Trusts Convention

The jurisdiction and remedies of the English courts over foreign trusts

Recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments in England

Part two:

The reception of the trust or trust-like devices in civil law jurisdictions

The trust and the civil law

The trust from a worldwide perspective: The trust’s future

Start with A, modules must be attempted in order.

John Glasson and Geraint Thomas (eds), The International Trust 2nd ed (Bristol: Jordan Publishing Ltd, 2006), ISBN: 9781846610394

International economic law

Module A: [LWM31A]

Evolution and principles of international economic law

Evolution of the law and economic policy

Evolution of international economic law

Fundamental principles of international economic law

Institutional structure of international economic law

Module B: [LWM31B]

International monetary and development law and policy

The law and practice of the World Bank

The law and practice of the International Monetary Fund

Financing for development

The millennium development goals

Module C: [LWM31C]

Regulation of foreign investment

International efforts to regulate foreign investment

Regulation of multinational enterprises (MNEs)

The notion of corporate social responsibility

Multinational enterprises and human rights

Module D: [LWM31D]

Public international law of trade

Substantive rules of the GATT/World Trade Organization system

Institutional overview of the World Trade Organization

Case study of the liberalisation of trade in agriculture

Current trade agenda and the Doha Development Round

Module A first.

Andreas Lowenfeld, International Economic Law 2nd rev ed (Oxford: Oxford University Press,
2008), ISBN: 9780199226948

WTO Secretariat, The Legal Texts: The Results of the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999), ISBN: 9780521785808

For section C of the course only:
Surya P. Subedi, International Investment Law: Reconciling Policy and Principle (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2008), ISBN: 9781841138794

International trade law

Module A: [LWM36A]

Export sales on English law terms

Nature of FOB and CIF contracts

Formation of contracts of sale

Contractual arrangements for transportation of the goods

The seller’s obligations as regards the goods

Delivery of the goods

Responsibility for loading and discharge operations

Passing of property

Passing of risk

Module B: [LWM36B]

Carriage of goods by sea in international trade law

The shipping background

The Hague-Visby Rules

Transfer of the contract of carriage

Module C: [LWM36C]

Bankers’ letters of credit

Documentary credits and the sale contract

Documentary credits: fundamental principles

Fraud and forgery

Stand-by letters of credit and first demand guarantees

Module D: [LWM36D]

United Nations Sales Convention 1980 (CISG)

Scope and application of the Convention

General principles of uniformity in the Convention

Buyer’s and seller’s duties

Avoidance, exemption and remedies for breach

Students are required to attempt the modules in order.

Bridge, M.G. The international sale of goods. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013) 3rd edition [ISBN 9780199658251].

Chuah, J. Law of international trade. (London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2013) 5th edition [ISBN 9780414023253].

Wilson, J.F. Carriage of goods by sea. (Harlow: Pearson, 2010) 7th edition [ISBN 9781408218938]. (For Module B, supplied as an e-book.)

Law of financial crime

[Please note: this course replaces 'Fraud, corruption and money laundering']

Module A: [LWM17A]

Insider dealing and market abuse

The sources of the law on insider dealing

The EC context of market abuse: insider dealing and market abuse

The purpose of the law on insider dealing, and whether or not insider dealing ought to be

Insider dealing offences under Part V of the Criminal Justice Act 1993

The power of regulators

Market abuse regulation

Module B: [LWM17B]

Fraud and market manipulation

The development of the criminal law of fraud

The economic and historical context of the law on abusive practices

Market manipulation offences

Fraud Act 2006 offences

Theft Act 1968 offences

Module C: [LWM17C]

Money laundering

The purpose of money laundering regulation

The international dimension

The context of money laundering regulation

Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 offences

Terrorism Act 2000 offences

Money Laundering Regulations 2007

The efficacy of money laundering regulation

Civil recovery

Module D: [LWM17D]

The nature of the law on financial crime

The sources of the law on financial crime

The objectives of the law on financial crime

The economic and historical context of the law on corruption

The role of information and transparency in financial criminal law

The EC Market Abuse Directive

The role of the regulators in prosecuting criminal offences

The role of criminal law in supporting financial regulation in the UK

Other criminal offences under Financial Services and Markets Act 2000

The underlying objectives of the criminal law in relation to finance

Civil recovery

Module A, B and C must be completed before Module D.

Alastair Hudson Law of Finance. (London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2009) ISBN: 9780421947306

For Sections C and D of the course only:
Peter Alldridge, Money Laundering Law (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2003), ISBN: 9781841132648

Law of international finance: syndicated loans

Module A: [LWM66A]

Capital markets, finance and the loan contract

Raising finance, the nature of international finance

The nature of the loan contract and its objectives

The different types of loan contract, the use of security and guarantees, conflict of laws and choice of forum

The loan contract: contractual capacity, formalities, term sheets, commitment letters and mandates, syndication of loans, the model contract, construing the terms of the contract

Module B: [LWM66B]

Terms of the contract Part I

Interest on the loan, adjusting the interest rate

Stipulating the purpose of the loan

Utilisation request

Conditions precedent

Representations and warranties

Module C: [LWM66C]

Terms of the contract Part II

Financial covenants

Asset disposals and change of business clauses

Negative pledge clause

Module D: [LWM66D]

Syndicate management and loan transfer

Syndicate management, the duties and rights of the arranger and agent banks

Transferring the rights and obligations under a loan contract

The modules must be attempted in order.

Law of international project finance

Module A: [LWM78A]

Loan facilities

Term sheets and commitment letters

The overall structure and contents of a loan facility agreement (based on the standard (Loan Market Association) form of loan agreement)

Financial and operative provisions; issues arising from the 2012 LIBOR scandal

Implications of a wrongful refusal to lend

Conditions precedent

Representations and warranties

Covenants and undertakings

Events of default and acceleration

Module B: [LWM78B]

An introduction to project finance

Approaching legal issues in a project finance structure

Outline of a typical project finance structure (parties and their objectives, contractual framework and typical project financing steps)

Sources of funding

Export credit agencies and multilateral development banks

The license and state aid issues

Module C: [LWM78C]

Risk identification, allocation and mitigation in project finance transactions

Cross-border risks

Commercial risks

Risk allocation in project documentation

Insurance issues

Module D: [LWM78D]

Project finance documentation

Negotiating finance documents

Sponsor support, security and related issues

Construction contracts

Operation and maintenance agreements

Offtake sales contracts

Direct agreements

Module A first

Scott L. Hoffman, The Law and Business of International Project Finance 3rd ed (Cambridge University Press, 2007), ISBN: 978-0521708784

Law on investment entities

Module A: [LWM77A]

The legal nature of investment entities

The meaning of "investment": speculative, social and collective investment

The concept of "risk" in investment law

Trusts as investment entities

The predication of all investment entities on concepts of contract and property

Principles of portfolio management and their legal aspects

Acquisitions investment

Module B: [LWM77B]

Collective investment schemes

The European Community Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) Directive

The legal nature of a unit trust

The legal nature of an open-ended investment company

The regulation of collective investment schemes

Module C: [LWM77C]

Communal investment schemes

The history of communal investment models

Friendly societies

Cooperative investment models

The legal inter-action of members of communal investment schemes

The legal nature of investors' rights in such entities

The regulatory context of retail investment services provision

Public sector investment models

Module D: [LWM77D]

Investor protection

The fundamentals of financial regulation in the UK

The effect of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID)

The conduct of business regulation

The regulation of financial promotion

The interaction between regulation and substantive law on investor protection

The modules must be attempted in order.

Textbook details TBC.

Private law aspects of the law of finance

Module A [LWM69A]

Fiduciary liability in finance

The basis of financial regulation in the United Kingdom

The nature of fiduciary liability

The significance of fiduciary liability in financial transactions

Liability in relation to conflicts of interest and firm’s profits

Conduct of business regulation

Standards of “integrity” in regulation and fiduciary liabilities of “good conscience”

Module B [LWM69B]

Stranger liability in finance

The nature of stranger liability

Liability for dishonest assistance in a breach of fiduciary duty

Liability for knowing receipt of property resulting from a breach of fiduciary duty

Attribution of knowledge and dishonesty of traders to financial institutions

Taking objective notions of honesty, knowledge, etc., from regulation

Case law on reasonable commercial behaviour and stranger liability

Module C [LWM69C]

Issues in the creation of financial contracts

Case law on mistake in the creation of complex financial contracts

The use of master agreement structures in many financial markets

Conditions and warranties in standard market contracts

Exclusion of liability

Module D [LWM69D]

Suitable conduct and unconscionable conduct in financial transactions

Undue influence in financial transactions

Appropriate treatment of clients in forming contracts under conduct of business regulation

Misrepresentation in financial transactions

Unfair contract terms.

Module A must be attempted before module B,C or D.

Textbook details TBC.

Securities law

Module A [LWM71A]

The foundations of securities regulation

The Lamfalussy Process for creating European Union (EU) securities regulation

The EU securities directives

The general EU financial services directives as they apply to securities transactions

Implementation in the United Kingdom

Module B [LWM71B]

Prospectus and transparency regulation of securities

The core significance of information in securities regulation

The economic objectives of prospectus and transparency obligations

“Offers of securities to the public”

Prospectus regulation

Transparency obligations regulation

The duty of disclosure in prospectuses

Module C [LWM71C]

Liability for misstatements in a prospectus

The common law on obligations to make disclosure in prospectuses

The tort of negligence

Negligence and takeovers

Negligence and sales of securities in the after-market

Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, s.90

Fraudulent misrepresentation (the tort of deceit)

Module D [LWM71D]

The Listing Rules and the Model Code

The Listing Process

The six Listing Principles

Admission to listing

Maintenance of listing

Discontinuance of listing and censure

Module A must be attempted before section B; section A must be attempted before section
C; section A must be attempted before section D.

Alastair Hudson, The law of finance (London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2009), ISBN 9780421947306

Extracts from Alastair Hudson, Securities law (London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2008), ISBN 9781847033291

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