The Centre for Corporate Law and Practice is closely associated with a number of leading publications in the area of company law. Professor Rider is the general editor of The Company Lawyer and a contributor to Gore-Browne on Companies, which is under the general editorship of Professor A J Boyle.
The emphasis of recent research was placed on the reform of the British Partnership Law, especially a study of the two comprehensive reports on the revision of the English, Welsh and Scottish Partnership Law and Limited Partnership Law as well as the draft legislation. In addition, a critical analysis was made of the evaluation in the Final Report of the Company Law Steering Group of the efficacy of South African close corporation as an ideal legal form for small businesses, as well as the official reaction in the White Paper, and the present Companies Amendment Bill, the official of which was changed from 'Company Law Reform Bill' to 'Companies Bill' during committee stage in the House of Commons in July 2006.
During 2005 and 2006, in-depth research on the reform of partnership law and company law reform continued. This was expedited by an arrangement with the Law Commission which granted the Centre's researchers access to the Law Commission's comprehensive research documentation on partnership law reform collected over many years. Close contact was kept also with the DTI in order to stay abreast with the most recent official developments.