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Contract Law ConcentrateLaw Revision and Study Guide

Contract Law Concentrate: Law Revision and Study Guide (5th edn)

Jill Poole, James Devenney, and Adam Shaw-Mellors
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date: 30 September 2023

p. 1206. Exemption clauses and unfair contract termslocked

p. 1206. Exemption clauses and unfair contract termslocked

  • Jill Poole, Jill PooleFormerly Deputy Dean, Aston Business School, and Professor of Commercial Law, Aston University
  • James DevenneyJames DevenneyHead of School and Professor of Transnational Commercial Law, School of Law, Reading University, UK and Visiting Full Professor, University College Dublin, Ireland
  •  and Adam Shaw-MellorsAdam Shaw-MellorsSenior Lecturer in Commercial Law and Director of Employability, Law School, Aston University, UK


Each Concentrate revision guide is packed with essential information, key cases, revision tips, exam Q&As, and more. Concentrates show you what to expect in a law exam, what examiners are looking for, and how to achieve extra marks. This chapter discusses the use and enforceability of exemption clauses (total exclusion or limitation of liability clauses inserted into contracts) and their legislative regulation. Whereas the regulation of such clauses is limited to the common law and UCTA 1977 in the case of commercial contracts (B2B), in the case of consumer contracts (B2C) the law intervenes to control a broader category of terms, ‘unfair contract terms’ (Consumer Rights Act 2015) with the critical test being ‘unfairness’.

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