Company Law study support


The aim of this module is to provide a thorough grounding in, and knowledge and understanding of, the legal framework governing certain business organisations, with particular focus on the registered company. Where appropriate, the module will also cover relevant corporate governance topics, and the relationship between company law and corporate governance.

After successful completion of this module you should:

  • Understand the legal framework within which commercial organisations operate, their business structures and corporate personality.
  •  Be able to understand the roles and statutory duties of directors, as well as the composition and structure of the board.
  • Understand the internal rules and the external regulatory environment which companies are subject to regarding membership.
  • Be able to apply relevant legislation, case law and best practice recommendations to legal and governance issues arising in complex scenarios, relating to shares, capital maintenance and loans.
  • Be able to exercise appropriate judgement when presenting advice on structural and legal issues in a relevant form (corporate restructuring).

Download Company Law module syllabus. This syllabus was rebranded in July 2021 but there weren’t any changes to the content at this time.

Study text

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Study text


Company Law

Recommended study text

This is the recommended study text for the June and November 2024 exam.

Exam material

In the table below you will find:

  • Exam paper - this is the paper that was set at the exam session
  • Mark scheme - this is the document markers used to assess students' answers
  • Examiner's report - this is the examiner's comment on the examination performance
  • Student answers - for some sessions we can show examples of answers students wrote in the examination
  • Pass rates - These pass rates refer to exams from the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and Associated Territories (all territories administered by the Chartered Governance Institute’s office in London)
Company Law exam material
Exam sessionExam paperMark schemeExaminer's reportStudent answers
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November 2022 View View View
June 2022 View View View
November 2021 View View View Exam paper 1 (pass)
Exam paper 1 (distinction)
June 2021 View View View Exam paper 1
Exam paper 2
November 2020 View View View Exam paper 1
Exam paper 2
November 2019 View View View Question 9 (fail)
Question 9 (merit)
Question 9 (distinction)
Sample paper View View Not available for sample paper

You are able to view resources from the previous version of the Qualifying Programme in the ‘Archive’ tab above.


We deliver a number of study support webinars for each exam session covering topics ranging from planning your study to exam strategy. You will get details of upcoming webinars via email. Each session is recorded and can be found in the 'Learning resources' area, so you can view it at a time to suit you.

We plan to deliver webinars that are subject specific to the Qualifying Programme modules.

You will receive an invitation to join these live webinars and the recordings can be accessed below.

  • Company Law revision webinar and slides for November 2023 session.
  • Company Law webinar recordings examiner webinar and slides for November 2020. The examiner analysed questions from the recent exam session and provided guidance on exam strategy. You can view the student answers in the 'Exam material' tab above


The previous version of the Qualifying Programme, the Chartered Secretaries Qualifying Scheme (CSQS), ran from June 2011 to June 2019. Some of the modules were very similar to the content of the new Qualifying Programme, particularly the strategy, governance, corporate law and secretarial practice content.

You may find it useful to refer to this material while preparing for your studies, but please remember this material has not been updated since the exam was set; also, remember that the new exams have a different format to CSQS exam papers.

Corporate Law syllabus

Past papers

Corporate Law past papers
Exam sessionExam paperMark SchemeExaminer reportStudent answers
November 2019 View View View Question 9 (fail)
Question 9 (merit)
Question 9 (distinction)
June 2019 View View
November 2018 View View Response to question 1
June 2018 View View
November 2017 View View Response to question 3
June 2017 View View
November 2016 View View Response to question 1
Response to question 3
Response to question 4
Response to question 5
June 2016 View View


    • Examiner webinar and slides on Corporate Law for exam in June 2019. The examiner covered syllabus requirements, exam format, how to secure an excellent mark and looked at student scripts with merit grades. 
    • CSQS Exam Day tips webinar and slides for June 2018 - this session dealt with exam day practicalities.
    • Examiner webinar on Corporate Law and slides for exams in June and November 2018.   The examiner covered syllabus requirements, exam format, how to secure an excellent mark and looked at student scripts with pass and merits grades.  

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