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Cover Contract Law Directions

1. Introduction  

Without assuming prior legal knowledge, books in the Directions series introduce and guide readers through key points of law and legal debate. Questions, diagrams and exercises help readers to engage fully with each subject and check their understanding as they progress. This introductory chapter explains how contract law is structured and how it fits into the overall scheme of the law of obligations and into English law more generally. It explains the boundaries between contract law, torts and unjust enrichment and restitution. It also explains the wider range of situations covered by the law of contract, and puts the law of contract into its social and economic context.

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9. Correcting Misconceived Transfers  

Celebrated for their conceptual clarity, titles in the Clarendon Law Series offer concise, accessible overviews of major fields of law and legal thought. This chapter examines the strategies Equity has developed to ensure the return of property that has fallen into the wrong hands. It focuses on the law of unjust enrichment, the third branch of the law of obligations that provides remedies whenever defendants receive some benefit, or enrichment, at the claimant's expense in circumstances that make it unjust for them to keep it. Equity's role in the law of unjust enrichment is highly controversial, and has been the subject of some profound and difficult modern revisions. To understand these debates it is first necessary to understand when and why any unjust enrichment remedies are warranted. How this model is structured determines, in large measure, how easily Common Law and Equitable learning on this issue can be integrated.

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Cover Contract Law Directions

1. Introduction  

Without assuming prior legal knowledge, books in the Directions series introduce and guide readers through key points of law and legal debate. Questions, diagrams, and exercises help readers to engage fully with each subject and check their understanding as they progress. This introductory chapter explains how contract law is structured and how it fits into the overall scheme of the law of obligations and into English law more generally. It explains the boundaries between contract law, torts and unjust enrichment, and restitution. It also explains the wider range of situations covered by the law of contract, and puts the law of contract into its social and economic context.

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Cover Koffman, Macdonald & Atkins' Law of Contract

23. Additional chapter: An outline of the law of restitution  

This chapter presents an outline of the law of restitution and the factors that might make an enrichment unjust. The law of restitution is part of the law of obligations alongside contract and tort, although it also includes elements of property law. The law of restitution can be seen as a response to an unjust enrichment where the defendant should not be unjustly enriched at the expense of the claimant, although the principles may extend beyond this. Unjust enrichment requires one party to have been enriched; for the enrichment to have been at the expense of the other party; and for the enrichment to have been unjust. There are defences available to the enriched party.

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Cover Essential Cases: Equity & Trusts

Westdeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale v Islington London Borough Council [1996] 2 AC 669, House of Lords  

Essential Cases: Equity & Trusts provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in Westdeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale v Islington London Borough Council [1996] 2 AC 669, House of Lords. The document also includes supporting commentary from author Derek Whayman.

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Westdeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale v Islington London Borough Council [1996] 2 AC 669, House of Lords  

Essential Cases: Equity & Trusts provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in Westdeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale v Islington London Borough Council [1996] 2 AC 669, House of Lords. The document also includes supporting commentary from author Derek Whayman.

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Cover The Law of Trusts

16. Restitution, unjust enrichment, and the law of trusts  

Titles in the Core Text series take the reader straight to the heart of the subject, providing focused, concise, and reliable guides for students at all levels. This chapter discusses the various ways in which the law of trusts can be seen to provide remedies that can be described as ‘restitutionary’, and whether any aspects of the law of trusts should be treated as part of the law of unjust enrichment. The areas of trust law where these issues have been most often raised: the law of resulting trusts, the law of tracing, and the law governing breach of trust, are discussed in detail.

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Cover Equity & Trusts

8. Resulting Trusts  

Paul S Davies and Graham Virgo

All books in this flagship series contain carefully selected substantial extracts from key cases, legislation, and academic debate, providing able students with a stand-alone resource. This chapter discusses resulting trusts and its two principal categories — ‘presumed’ resulting trusts and ‘automatic’ resulting trusts. Resulting trusts are a limited category of trusts that arise on certain facts where neither an express trust nor a constructive trust exists. Automatic resulting trusts arise where an express trust fails initially or subsequently, while presumed resulting trusts arise where a person voluntarily transfers property for no consideration in return, or contributes to the purchase of property in the name of another. There is a controversy regarding the basis of resulting trusts; the better view is that resulting trusts do not respond to unjust enrichment, but reflect a presumed intention of the transferor to have a beneficial interest in the transferred property.

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Cover The Principles of Equity & Trusts

8. Resulting Trusts  

This chapter examines the nature of the resulting trust. It explains that a trust is called resulting when the beneficial interest in the property returns to the person who transferred the property in the first place. It discusses the theoretical foundation of the resulting trust and its categories, which include presumed and automatic resulting trusts. This chapter examines the consequences of a total or partial failure of express trust and the Quistclose trust which arises where property is transferred for a purpose which has failed, and suggests that there is no need to expand the resulting trust to encompass claims in unjust enrichment and following the rescission of a contract.

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Cover Essential Cases: Equity & Trusts

Bank of Credit and Commerce International (Overseas) Ltd v Akindele [2001] Ch 437, Court of Appeal  

Essential Cases: Equity & Trusts provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in Bank of Credit and Commerce International (Overseas) Ltd v Akindele [2001] Ch 437, Court of Appeal. The document also includes supporting commentary from author Derek Whayman.

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Foskett v McKeown [2001] 1 AC 102, House of Lords  

Essential Cases: Equity & Trusts provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in Foskett v McKeown [2001] 1 AC 102, House of Lords. The document also includes supporting commentary from author Derek Whayman.

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Patel v Mirza [2016] UKSC 42, Supreme Court  

Essential Cases: Equity & Trusts provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in Patel v Mirza [2016] UKSC 42, Supreme Court. The document also includes supporting commentary from author Derek Whayman.

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Cover Equity

Sarah Worthington

Celebrated for their conceptual clarity, titles in the Clarendon Law Series offer concise, accessible overviews of major fields of law and legal thought. Equity sets out the basic principles of Equity, and illustrates them by reference to commercial and domestic examples of their operation. The text, which is the second edition, describes the role of Equity in creating and developing rights and obligations, remedies and procedures that differ in important ways from those provided by the Common Law itself. This edition offers a reworking of the material traditionally described as Equity. In doing this, it provides an examination of the fundamental principles underpinning Equity's most significant incursions into the modern law of property, contract, tort, and unjust enrichment. In addition, it exposes the possibilities, and the need, for coherent substantive integration of Common Law and Equity. Such integration is perceived in this text as crucial to the continuing success of the modern Common Law legal system.

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Cover Essential Cases: Equity & Trusts

Bank of Credit and Commerce International (Overseas) Ltd v Akindele [2001] Ch 437, Court of Appeal  

Essential Cases: Equity & Trusts provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in Bank of Credit and Commerce International (Overseas) Ltd v Akindele [2001] Ch 437, Court of Appeal. The document also includes supporting commentary from author Derek Whayman.

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Foskett v McKeown [2001] 1 AC 102, House of Lords  

Essential Cases: Equity & Trusts provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in Foskett v McKeown [2001] 1 AC 102, House of Lords. The document also includes supporting commentary from author Derek Whayman.

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Cobbe v Yeoman’s Row Management Ltd [2008] UKHL 55, House of Lords  

Essential Cases: Equity & Trusts provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in Cobbe v Yeoman’s Row [2008] UKHL 55, House of Lords. The document also includes supporting commentary from author Derek Whayman.

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Cover Essential Cases: Equity & Trusts

Patel v Mirza [2016] UKSC 42, Supreme Court  

Essential Cases: Equity & Trusts provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in Patel v Mirza [2016] UKSC 42, Supreme Court. The document also includes supporting commentary from author Derek Whayman.

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Cover Anson's Law of Contract

1. Introduction  

Jack Beatson, Andrew Burrows, and John Cartwright

This introductory chapter first considers the nature and function of contract. It then discusses the contractual obligations in English law; the content of the contract law as set out in this book, which is concerned with the ‘general principles’ of contract rather than the detailed rules applicable to different types of contracts; the location of contract as part of the law of obligations and its relation to other parts of the law of obligations, tort and restitution of an unjust enrichment, and property law.

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19. Restitutionary Awards  

Jack Beatson, Andrew Burrows, and John Cartwright

This Chapter considers restitutionary remedies for breach of contract. It discusses the recovery of money paid, restitution in respect of services or goods, and an account of profits or damages measured by benefit to contract-breaker.

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Cover Concentrate Questions and Answers Contract Law

12. Additional Remedies  

The Concentrate Questions and Answers series offers the best preparation for tackling exam questions. Each book includes typical questions, answer plans and suggested answers, author commentary, and other features. The standard common law remedy of damages will not always prove adequate for the victim of a breach of contract. Equity therefore developed a number of additional remedies, discretionary in nature, aimed at ensuring that a claimant was not unreasonably confined to an award of damages; in particular, specific performance and injunctions. The possibility of awarding restitutionary damages, in part to offset any unjust enrichment secured by a contract-breaker, is also considered.