• The gradual erosion of the ultra vires doctrine in English company law

      Nyombi, Chrispas; University of Essex (Emerald, 2014-09-02)
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss the doctrine of ultra vires and its development over time, which is claimed to be one of gradual erosion. Design/methodology/approach – This paper discusses the doctrine of ultra vires and its development overtime, which is claimed to be one of gradual erosion. Findings – It shows how the abolition of the objects clause has signalled the end of ultra vires. Today, it remains nothing more than a ghost, but one which continues to haunt management. Originality/value – It builds on existing research literature.
    • Lifting the veil of incorporation under common law and statute

      Nyombi, Chrispas; University of Essex (Emerald, 2014-02-04)
      Purpose – The paper examines case law and statutory provisions related to lifting the corporate veil. The aim of the paper is to explore recent case law in order to determine whether courts have moved away from an overly restrictive approach when dealing with cases relating to the corporate personality. To offer a full account of the exceptions to the corporate personality doctrine, this paper also examines cases where the veil of incorporation is lifted due to a breach of a statutory provision. Design/methodology/approach – The paper reviews recent case law and statutory provisions relating to lifting the corporate veil. The paper critically reviews the exceptions to the corporate personality doctrine which amount to lifting the corporate veil. Findings – The paper finds that courts are more willing to lift the corporate veil compared to before. They have moved away from the restrictive approach and this is demonstrated by the tendency to find new exceptions to the corporate personality doctrine such as the interests of justice argument or lifting the veil in tort cases. Originality/value – The paper offers an up-to-date assessment of the exceptions to the corporate personality doctrine and highlights the growing tendency to finding new ways of lifting the corporate veil.
    • The motivations behind the Uganda Insolvency Act 2011

      Nyombi, Chrispas; Kibandama, Alexander; Bakibinga, David James; University of Bedfordshire; Makerere University (Sweet and Maxwell, 2014)
      The Insolvency Act 2011 has altered insolvency law in Uganda to varying degrees. These reforms have brought insolvency law into close contact with a number of legal areas such as company law and with a range of national stakeholders, in the process making the study of insolvency law a very interesting endeavour. This article provides a comprehensive analysis of the motivations behind corporate insolvency law reform in Uganda.