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Contract Law

TT Arvind

March 2017

ISBN: 9780198703471

640 pages

In Stock

Price: £32.99

The most practically applied contract law textbook.



A uniquely practical approach to contract law, with a problem-based focus. Engaging and innovative, this new textbook uses problems and illustrations to help students quickly grasp core concepts, identify relevant issues, engage with key debates, and apply their learning to real-life contexts.

  • The problem-based learning approach allows students to engage with each topic through relevant, real-world problems and encourages deep learning
  • Problems and illustrations give students a relatable context for their study of each topic
  • Clear explanations of key concepts in contract law help students to gain a thorough understanding of the subject area
  • 'Case in depth' boxes provide more detailed commentary on the most influential cases to enable students to understand their relevance
  • 'Debates in context' and 'practice in context' features draw out debates in contract law and highlight areas where the law might be difficult to apply, to help students critique and reflect on the operation of the law
  • Repeated references back to the chapter problems and illustrations give students an insight into how the law interacts with everyday life and business

About the Author(s)

TT Arvind, Professor of Law, University of Newcastle

TT Arvind is Professor of Law at Newcastle University. His research focuses on the history and social context of private law and he has a strong interest in developing problem-based and experiential approaches to teaching and learning in law.

Table of Contents

    1: Introduction
    Part I: Forming Contracts
    2: Bargaining and agreeing: offer, acceptance, and formation
    3: Consideration: the requirement of mutuality
    4: Contracts and informal relations: the intention to create legal relations
    5: Non-contractual promises: promissory and proprietary estoppel
    Part II: Keeping Contracts
    6: Assembling the contract: representations, terms, and incorporation
    7: Interpreting the terms: construction, rectification, and mutual mistake
    8: Filling the gaps: implied terms
    9: Flexible terms: uncertainty, vagueness, and incompleteness
    10: Fundamental changes: frustration and common mistake
    Part III: Regulating Contracts
    11: Untrue statements: misrepresentation and unilateral mistake
    12: The limits of hard bargaining: duress and undue influence
    13: Controlling contract terms: exclusion clauses, penalties, and consumer protection
    14: Protecting the public interest: the doctrine of illegality
    Part IV: Enforcing Contracts
    15: Breach of contract: repudiation and the right to terminate
    16: Compensatory remedies: damages for breach of contract
    17: Non-compensatory remedies: specific performance, debt, and restitution
    18: Privity and third parties: protecting the rights of non-parties


A refreshingly innovative approach; this text is problem-based learning taken to a new level. It introduces genuinely life-like scenarios which capture the reader's attention and then unpacks and applies the relevant law in a way that enables a student to simultaneously develop both substantive subject knowledge and key legal skills. - Alex Nicholson, Senior Lecturer in Law, Sheffield Hallam University

This book is compulsively readable, well-explained, and excellent for students interested in the application of contract law to the real world. The author's problem-based approach is unique and will help students apply concepts to problem questions. - Monica Chen, Student, University College London

Clear and pedagogically sound, this book leads students through the maze of contract law with dexterity and clarity of purpose. - Brigitte Clark, Senior Lecturer in Law, Oxford Brookes University

A good read, with the perfect level of depth on the subject; I wish I had had this textbook when studying contract last year! - Kiran Arif, Student, University of Hertfordshire

Additional Resources

Online Resource Centre
The Online Resource Centre provides podcasts from the author covering key topics in more depth and emphasising key themes and issues which occur across chapters.

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