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Monday, 10 October 2011

Howell Jackson, the James S. Reid, Jr., Professor of Law at Harvard Law SchoolLeslie Kosmin QC, one of England’s most distinguished company law barristers, will lead the teaching of a module on company litigation as part of the Masters in Corporate Law programme in 2012-13.

Mr. Kosmin studied law at Cambridge and Harvard. He was a law fellow at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge before joining Erskine Chambers, the UK’s leading set of company law barristers. He had a wide- ranging advisory and litigation practice and was instructed in relation to legal proceedings in numerous jurisdictions. Mr. Kosmin, who has published widely on company law matters, was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge of the Chancery Division of the English High Court in 2001 and retired from practice in 2011.

Mr. Kosmin says of the subject matter of the company litigation module he will teach "Company litigation is a crucial aspect of corporate practice to which law students often gain insufficient exposure. This module will provide those taking the MCL with an excellent opportunity to familiarize themselves with both the legal and procedural aspects of corporate litigation. This will enhance their understanding of the real life issues that dominate the work of Company lawyers and provide an insight into the way courts have to grapple with the problems that inevitably arise in the world of business and in companies, large and small."

Topics the module will cover will include shareholder disputes, derivative actions, "unfair prejudice" petitions and related remedies, settlement and mediation, contested takeovers and claims against auditors.

More information about the MCL can be found on the MCL website.