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Contract Law

Text, Cases and Materials

Tenth Edition

Ewan McKendrick

May 2022

ISBN: 9780192856548

1,088 pages

In Stock

Text, Cases, and Materials

Price: £44.99

The market-leading stand-alone guide to contract law from a renowned lawyer; authoritative, comprehensive, and supportive.



Celebrated and respected, this is the stand-alone guide to contract law, written by renowned contract lawyer Professor Ewan McKendrick. It uses a unique balance of commentary, cases, and materials to show students the law at work and help them to gain a thorough understanding.

  • Written by an experienced author and leading authority in the field, renowned for his eloquent and accessible writing style
  • Combines author text with extracts from cases and materials; can be used as a stand-alone text on contract law
  • Extensive referencing throughout the book supports students as they undertake independent research
  • Complemented by online resources with extra material on illegality and incapacity, updates, multiple choice questions and web links

New to this edition

  • Coverage of, and commentary upon, the decision of the Supreme Court in Pakistan International Airline Corporation v Times Travel (UK) Ltd (dealing with lawful act duress, good faith and inequality of bargaining power and which has resulted in substantial re-writing of chapter 18.
  • Coverage of, and commentary upon, the decision of the Supreme Court in Triple Point Technology Inc v PTT Public Co Ltd (dealing with the interpretation of exclusion clauses and agreed damages clauses)
  • Coverage of, and commentary upon, the decision of the Privy Council in Attorney-General of the Virgin Islands v Global Water Associates Ltd (remoteness of damage)

About the Author(s)

Ewan McKendrick, Professor of Private Law, University of Leiden

Ewan McKendrick is a Professor of Private Law at the University of Leiden. He is an honorary Queen's Counsel, Barrister at 3 Verulam Buildings, Gray's Inn, London, a Bencher of Gray's Inn, and has published widely in the areas of contract law, commercial law, and tort law. He is one of the editors of Chitty on Contracts.

Table of Contents

    Part 1: Formation
    2:Agreement: Objective or Subjective?
    3:Offer and Acceptance
    4:Uncertain and Incomplete Agreements
    5:Consideration and Promissory Estoppel
    7:Intention to Create Legal Relations
    Part 2: Terms
    8:The Terms of Contract
    9:Incorporation of Terms
    10:Implied Terms
    11:The Interpretation of Contracts
    12:Boilerplate Clauses
    13:Exclusion Clauses
    14:Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts
    15:Good Faith
    Part 3: Setting the Contract Aside
    19:Undue Influence
    20:Unconscionability and Inequality of Bargaining Power
    21:Frustration and Force Majeure
    Part 4: Remedies for Breach
    22:Breach of Contract and Termination
    24:Specific Performance
    Part 5:Third Party Rights
    25:Third Parties
    26:Online Chapter: Incapacity
    27:Online Chapter: Illegality


"A comprehensive, well-written book, containing an intelligent selection of extracts from significant cases and legislation, as well as thought-provoking secondary literature. The accompanying discussion is illuminating." - Dr Grant Stirling, Lecturer in Law, University of Hull

"An excellent text and materials introduction to contract law. It clearly and comprehensively explains the law with insightful comments and discussion. It is unequalled as a first point of reference and should be on every student's desk." - Dr Bruce Wardhaugh, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Manchester

"A very complete text which covers a lot of key issues and is enriched by case abstracts." - Johanna Hoekstra, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex

"An excellent balance between explanation and critical analysis of the law with useful introductory summaries to the chapters, excellent use and selection of extracts from cases and articles, and reference to further reading." - Julia Cressey, Lecturer in Law, University of Bradford.

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
The tenth 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 online resources mean students can find additional support for their studies, including guidance on answering questions in the book, additional chapters, and web links.

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