Diploma in Company Law

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Click here to view provisional 2020 timetable.

This course seeks to familiarise students with the basic concepts and structure of modern Irish Company Law. Students will look at the various forms of business organisation, concentrating on the Limited Liability Company and the rules relating to company formation, finance and management. Consideration will be given to the proposed changes in the imminent Companies Consolidation and Reform Bill. The course will further explore best practice in corporate governance and will adopt a comparative perspective.

Programme Aims and Objectives

The course will, at this turbulent time in the corporate world, aim to develop students knowledge and understanding of the purpose of Company Law in a business context and guide students in the legal principles involved in the formation, ownership and management of a company. It will equip students with the knowledge of the Common Law rules and the legislation regulating companies and expose them to cutting-edge debates in company law and provide opportunities for students to develop critical skills in these areas. Critically, students should have an ability at the end of the course to apply the principles of Company Law to specific legal areas of central importance to business and law.


To meet the requirements of the Diploma in Company Law a student will be required to complete a written assignment (100%).

Please note this programme is not on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Programme Content

Company Identity, Formation and Constitution

The historical development of Company Law; The E.C dimension in Irish Company Law; The nature and type of company; The modern company distinguished from Partnership, Sole Trader and Charities; Promoters; The concept of and practical effect of separate legal personality; The Veil of Incorporation; Registration of a Company with the Registrar of Companies and the Articles of Association and Memorandum of Association; Contractual capacity; Financial management.

Corporate Governance and Administration

Appointment, termination of office and remedies; Retirement; duties and powers including fiduciary duties and changes made by the Companies (Amendment) Act 2014; Restriction and Disqualification of Directors; Fraudulent and Reckless Trading. The Company Secretary: duties and functions. Annual General Meeting, Extraordinary General Meeting, Directors Meetings and voting rights.

Capital and Financing of Companies and Minority Protection

The Law of Shares, loan capital, securities (debentures, fixed and floating charges), Capital Maintenance Rules, Shareholders Rights including the Rule in Foss v. Harbottle, s.205 protection and winding up the company on just and equitable grounds.


Receiver – Appointment; Duties and powers of a Receiver; Examinership – Purpose of and need for an Examiner, Procedure and the effect of Court protection; Liquidation: voluntary liquidation, compulsory liquidation and the role of the Liquidator; Procedure for the Winding up of a company.

The Role of the Director of Corporate Enforcement

Significant provisions under the Company Law Enforcement Act 2001 concerning the Director of Corporate Enforcement together with changes to its powers under the Companies (Amendment) Act 2014.


Investigations and Inspectors; Conduct of an Investigation; Powers of Inspectors and the Inspectors Report.

Accounts, Annual Returns and the Role of the Auditor

The requirements in relation to Accounts and Annual Returns. The duties of Auditors and the Auditor’s Report.


The course will be delivered and supervised by a qualified lawyer, and runs over a 10 week duration, for one evening per week. In addition to your lecturer, some of the classes may be delivered by guest speakers who have up to date and practical knowledge of key Company Law issues. Previous guest speakers have included commercial lawyers working in industry, commercial practitioners from major Irish law firms as well as company law practitioners from the Law Library.

Career Progression Opportunities

Achieving the Diploma in Company Law will afford those whose work involves contact with Companies on a day to day basis greater insight into how companies work. The Diploma in Company Law will also assist those who have set up a company, or intend to do so, with knowledge in how best to run it. Possession of a Diploma in Company Law is also attractive to employers and prospective employers. 

Student Profile

Typically, participants on the programme have included those from firms specialising in Insolvency and Conflict Resolution and also from the Construction Industry together with those who have a general interest in Company Law and those want to progress into the legal professions.


The fee for this Diploma is €1,325. This is inclusive of tuition, registration, exam fees and DBS library membership. This fee must be paid in full before the course begins.  View all DBS Evening Diploma Fees here.

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Open days are a great way to help you make your decision about your course of interest. The open day will give you the opportunity to receive one on one advice and direction from leading academics in your chosen subject area, meet current students and also have your questions answered on entry requirements, student support and the admissions process. Find out when our next Open Event is taking place. The Admissions Office is located in our Aungier Street campus and you are welcome to visit the college to speak with a member of our admissions team from Monday to Fridays, 8:45am – 5:15pm. Alternatively, you can contact us by email.

DBS Student Facilities

DBS Diploma students can also avail of a wide range of facilities to assist them in every aspect of their studies, please see below for more details.

• Online Notes System (DBS Moodle)- is an eLearning system designed to provide you with a range of course material which will enhance and support your learning experience within DBS. 
• DBS Library Aungier Street- the Library provides a programme of classes in the areas of Library resources, essay writing skills, avoiding plagiarism and referencing to assist you in your studies.  
• DBS Careers and Appointment Service- which provides a range of services for Diploma students such as career advice and workshops in CV writing and interview skills. 
• Subsidised Parking- DBS provides subsidised parking arrangements for students, which provides easy access to all main public transport routes in and out of the city centre. 
• Subsidised Student Canteen- Diploma students can avail of the Student Canteen which is open in the evenings and offers a wide variety of choices on its menu.

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Course overview


Schedule: 1 evening per week, 6.15-8.30pm
Intake: October & February
Duration: 10 weeks Part-time

Contact Us

We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2020. Contact our admissions team for more information

Email: admissions@dbs.ie
Phone: 01 417 7500
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Monday to Friday
8:45am to 5:15pm