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May focus: contract law

We're shining a spotlight on contract law this month. Our contract law list is special - we can offer textbooks that have been in print for over 50 years, as well as ones that are just months old. The list has developed and adapted to keep pace with contract law courses and how they are taught today. This diversity is reflected in the range of resources, and the way in which they can be used – either as single titles; as a textbook plus casebook pairing; or together in our Law Trove Contract law collection.

It is a busy year for our contract law authors; we have introduced a brand new title just a few weeks old, and some popular titles are going into new editions. All are available as e-books, and some offer enhancements such as self-assessment activities and multi-media content to offer a fully immersive experience and extra learning support.

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All chapters below are free to read until 31st May 2021.


Carlill v Carbolic Smoke Ball Co [1893] 1 QB 256
Essential Cases: Contract Law (3rd edn) by Nicola Jackson
The case that every contract law student needs to know. What is it about the case of Carlill that so deeply embodies the fundamental principles of contract formation?

Ch. 1 - Introduction
Contract Law (6th edn) by Mindy Chen-Wishart
"What is a ‘contract’ that contract law applies to? The common law offers no formal definition of a contract; textbooks generally define a contract as an enforceable promise (or agreement)..."

Ch. 15 - Good faith
Contract Law: Text, Cases & Materials (9th edn) by Ewan McKendrick
"While English contract law is influenced by notions of good faith, it does not, as yet, recognize the existence of a general doctrine of good faith. In this respect English law stands out from many other legal systems in the world..."

Ch. 2 - The agreement
Anson's Law of Contract (31st edn) by Jack Beatson, Andrew Burrows, and John Cartwright
"A contract consists of an actionable promise or promises. Every such promise involves at least two parties, a promisor and a promisee, and an outward expression of common intention and of expectation as to the declaration or assurance contained in the promise..."

Ch. 14 - Frustration
O’Sullivan & Hilliard’s The Law of Contract (9th edn) by Janet O’Sullivan
"Frustration is exceptionally rare, because it only applies where the parties have not made provision for, and thus allocated the risk of, the changed circumstances in their contract..."

Ch. 8 - Breach of contract
Poole's Textbook on Contract Law (14th edn) by Robert Merkin and Séverine Saintier
"A contract can be discharged by performance, agreement, frustration, or breach. This chapter’s main focus is breach, and particularly repudiatory breach, i.e. discharge (termination) of the contract for that breach..."

Ch. 5 - Non-contractual promises: Promissory and proprietary estoppel
Contract Law (2nd edn) by TT Arvind
‘For I have given my word, and I cannot take it back’ Judges 11:36

Ch. 3 - Certainty and the intention to create legal relations
Contract Law Directions (7th edn) by Richard Taylor and Damian Taylor
"‘Agreements’ and ‘contracts’ are often used interchangeably in the law. Reference is sometimes made to a ‘contract’ but later it is revealed that in fact the contract is void and never existed (e.g. due to lack of intention to create legal relations)..."

Ch. 7 - Exemption clauses and unfair contract terms
Poole's Casebook on Contract Law (14th edn) by Robert Merkin QC and Séverine Saintier
"Generally, an exemption clause is defined as a term in a contract or notice that either seeks to exclude liability or remedies for breach of contract and/or negligence, or seeks to limit that liability to a specified sum..."