LAWS335-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Insolvency Law

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


An examination of selected personal and corporate law insolvency issues.

Insolvency Law examines the theoretical underpinning of insolvency law and selected fundamental concepts relating to personal insolvency (bankruptcy and its alternatives) and corporate insolvency (liquidation, voluntary administration, compromises and receivership).

Insolvency law is a crucial indicator of the attitudes of a legal system. It provides a framework for dealing with businesses that fail and individuals who cannot pay their debts. When there is not enough money to go around, insolvency law determines who gets paid. Insolvency law provides for a system of administering the affairs of insolvent businesses and individuals, it provides for their rehabilitation (where this is possible) and for the investigation and punishment of their wrongdoing. Insolvency law often raises legal and practical issues that intersect with other areas of law such as contract, property, commercial, company, evidence, equity and trusts, and taxation. Insolvency law is a key area of both specialised and general legal practice in law firms of all sizes and locations.

Learning Outcomes

  • The objectives of this course are to enable students to:
  •  explain the meaning and significance of selected insolvency law issues.
  •  identify and articulate issues arising in a multi-issue insolvency law problem.
  •  apply legal reasoning to generate suitable responses to issues arising in a multi-issue insolvency law problem and, if appropriate, make a reasoned choice amongst alternative responses and/or exercise some professional judgment.
  •  locate, evaluate and synthesise information from a range of primary and secondary sources relevant to a given research topic.
  •  critically examine principles of principle and policy raised by New Zealand’s insolvency law framework and its operation in practice.
  •  produce a written opinion that follows the conventions set out in the New Zealand Law Style Guide.
  •  identify and reflect on global influences on New Zealand insolvency law.
  •  work independently and manage their time in order to meet course deadlines.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


LAWS202 - 206

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 11:00 - 13:00 A4 Lecture Theatre
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 A6 Lecture Theatre
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Lynne Taylor


Adrian Sawyer


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Essay 27 Aug 2021 30%
Online Quizzes 10%
Final Exam 60%

Course assessment may include an assignment, online quizzes and a final examination.
Course assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $831.00

International fee $4,200.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Law.

All LAWS335 Occurrences

  • LAWS335-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021