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Business Law

Sixth Edition

James Marson and Katy Ferris

May 2020

ISBN: 9780198849957

776 pages

In Stock

Price: £39.99

The only textbook to unpack a realistic business scenario throughout each chapter; helping students approach the law with confidence.



Written with business students in mind, Business Law puts the law into a context that they can grasp easily. Case studies open each chapter and readers are regularly asked to consider how the content applies to routine business problems so that they fully engage with the topics, understand, and can approach the law independently with confidence.

  • Learning outcomes are presented at the start of chapters to provide students with a roadmap of the content ahead while case facts and their impact are integrated in the chapters to help students visualize the course of events and understand their importance
  • Chapters close with a summary of the core content covered, serving as a helpful recap and useful revision aid
  • Further reading suggestions guide students who want to deepen their knowledge, directing them to well maintained and trusted websites, Twitter feeds, and YouTube channels in addition to suitable books and articles
  • Sample problem and essay questions can be found at the end of each chapter, providing students with an opportunity to test their understanding and practise for assessments. Indicative answers can be found with the online resources accompanying this book
  • The first chapter introduces why it is important for business students to understand legal concepts and provides helpful tips on how to approach assessments, including an example problem question with a model answer

New to this edition

  • The new edition provides updates to laws decided by national and European courts. This includes judgments of the Supreme Court clarifying issues relating to the duty of care in the tort of negligence, and the Court of Justice of the European Union regarding limitations to the doctrine of separate legal personality
  • Discussion of key cases including Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust (2018) and Robinson v Chief Constable of the West Yorkshire Police (2018) where the Supreme Court reassesses the Caparo tests for negligence liability; and Vantaan kaupunki v Skanska Industrial Solutions Oy, NCC Industry Oy, Asfaltmix Oy (2019), where the Court of Justice of the European Union provides potentially significant changes to the notion of separate legal personality in company law
  • Updates on the new legislation to pass in 2019/20 on the protections afforded to workers, including further rights for individuals at work provided in the Employment Rights Act 1996 (Itemised Pay Statement) (Amendment) Order 2018 and the Employment Rights (Employment Particulars and Paid Annual Leave) (Amendment) Regulations 2018
  • Practical and clear guidance on the issue of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection Act 2018), which establish obligations for individuals and businesses which must be incorporated into working practices to avoid transgression of the law

About the Author(s)

James Marson, Reader in Law and Head of Research for Law, Sheffield Hallam University, and Katy Ferris, Associate Professor in Business Law, Nottingham University

Dr James Marson is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Reader in Law. He is Head of Research for Law at Sheffield Hallam University. Dr Katy Ferris is an Associate Professor in Business Law at Nottingham University.

Table of Contents

    Part 1 Introduction
    1:How to study law for businesses
    Part 2 The English Legal System
    2:The English legal system, constitution and human rights
    3:Creating, finding, and applying the law
    4:Dispute resolution for businesses
    Part 3 Contractual Obligations
    5:Establishing an agreement: offer and acceptance
    6:Establishing the contract: consideration, intention to create legal relations, and certainty of terms
    7:Factors affecting the validity of a contract
    8:Terms of a contract
    9:Statutory regulation of contracts
    10:Ending the contract
    Part 4 Tortious Liability
    11:The tortious liability of businesses in negligence and nuisance
    12:Non-physical damage and liability for economic loss
    13:Responsibilities of employers for the torts of employees and statutory duties
    Part 5 Company Law
    14:Legal requirements when establishing a business enterprise
    15:The administration of corporations
    16:Duties relating to corporation finance and capital
    17:The management of corporations
    Part 6 Agency Law
    18:Businesses and the responsibility of agents
    Part 7 Employment
    19:Hiring staff and establishing the contract of employment
    20:Ending employment contracts at common law; and duties to redundant and transferring staff
    21:Statutory regulation of dismissals
    22:Equality in employment relationships
    23:Statutory and common law regulation of the conditions of employment
    Part 8 Intellectual Property and Data Protection
    24:Intellectual property and data protection


"Review from previous edition The inclusion of business scenarios is an excellent touch, enabling students to contextualize the legal content." - Zaman Kala, Associate Lecturer in Law, University of Bolton

"A concise business law book that provides a well-structured approach to understanding the topics. The book's distinctive edge is that it is more interactive than other books." - Dr John Wood, Lecturer in Law, University of Central Lancashire

"Business Law is an important text for both students studying business law and anyone involved in running a business from directors to senior managers." - The Student Law Journal

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
This edition is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by online resources.

  • The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks
  • The text is also supported by online resources to support students' learning, including flashcard cases, self-test questions and answers with feedback, and additional material on legislation.