Harmonisation of company law: Lessons from Scottish and English legal history

Paisey, C. and Paisey, N.J. (2004) Harmonisation of company law: Lessons from Scottish and English legal history. Management Decision, 42(8), pp. 1037-1050. (doi: 10.1108/00251740410555506)

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Company law harmonisation is considered to be necessary for the achievement of the European Union's (EU) aim of a single market and the free movement of goods and services throughout member states. This paper aims to contribute to understanding of both business and accounting history by considering whether UK legal history can offer any insight into the process of harmonisation. First, approaches to company law in the United Kingdom and the remainder of the EU are outlined in order to identify key differences and to explain why harmonisation is desired. Secondly, the UK position is considered and historical attempts to lessen legal differences between Scots and English mercantile laws are then examined, focusing on harmonisation attempts. Finally, by reflecting on the UK experience, implications for the EU company law harmonisation programme are drawn.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:[Incorporates Journal of Management History (Archive)]
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Paisey, Professor Catriona
Authors: Paisey, C., and Paisey, N.J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Accounting and Finance
Journal Name:Management Decision

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