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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.


Praise for the eleventh edition: "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, UK and author of A Casebook on Contract
"This remains the best book of its kind on English contract law." - Hector MacQueen, Scottish Law Commissioner and Professor of Private Law, University of Edinburgh, UK
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