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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Contract Law

Edition 12th Edition
ISBN 9781137606495
Publication Date April 2017
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Palgrave Law Masters

This best-selling, classic text provides a clear and straightforward account of the basic rules of contract law, while also introducing current debates about the nature, scope and functions of the law and discussing wider controversies surrounding the basic doctrines. Praised by both lecturers and students, Contract Law is compact yet comprehensive, well-written, well-structured, stimulating and engaging.

This twelfth edition has been fully revised and updated to reflect various developments in the law, and now also includes ‘Hot topic’ discussion boxes in most chapters. It is essential reading for all students taking undergraduate and GDL/CPE courses in contract law.

Ewan McKendrick QC (Hon) is Registrar and Professor of English Private Law at the University of Oxford, UK, where he is also a Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall. He is the author of a number of key works on contract law and commercial law, and is an editor of Chitty on Contracts. He is also a barrister in practice at 3 Verulam Buildings, Gray's Inn and a Master of the Bench of Gray's Inn.

1. Introduction
PART I: THE FORMATION AND SCOPE OF A CONTRACT
2. Agreement: Clearing the Ground
3. Offer and Acceptance
4. Certainty and Agreement Mistakes
5. Consideration and Form
6. Intention to Create Legal Relations
7. Third Party Rights
PART II: THE CONTENT OF A CONTRACT
8. What is a Term?
9. The Sources of Contractual Terms
10. The Classification of Contractual Terms
11. Exclusion Clauses
PART III: POLICING THE CONTRACT
12. A Duty to Disclose Material Facts?
13. Misrepresentation
14. Common Mistake and Frustration
15. Illegality
16. Capacity
17. Duress, Undue Influence and Inequality of Bargaining Power
18. Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts
PART IV: PERFORMANCE, DISCHARGE AND REMEDIES FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT
19. Performance and Discharge of the Contract
20. Breach of Contract
21. Damages for Breach of Contract
22. Obtaining an Adequate Remedy.

Reviews

This is a masterly introduction to the English law of contract being lucid and succinct, accurate and incisive. Every student of the subject will benefit from reading it.' - Andrew Burrows, Professor of the Law of England, All Souls College, Oxford, and author of A Casebook on Contract [review of previous edition]
'This remains the best book of its kind on English contract law.' - Hector McQueen, Scottish Law Commissioner and Professor of Private Law, Edinburgh Extracts from (anonymous)
peer reviews conducted in 2014: 'I very much like this book. I used it as a student back in 1996 and it is the best Contract Law book available in the market. It is very well written, very approachable for our students with clear discussion of the key issues, good reference to contract theory and excellent analysis of the doctrines.'
'None of the books I have mentioned really competes with this one. No other one is as concise and as well-priced and that is the main issue for me.'
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