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Contract Law

Sixth Edition

Mindy Chen-Wishart

March 2018

ISBN: 9780198806356

664 pages

In Stock

Price: £39.99

The most visual explanation of contract law by a top academic, with full coverage of debates and controversies



Written by a leading contract lawyer with extensive teaching experience, Contract Law takes a unique approach to a complex subject. Complementing academic rigour with engaging visual and analytical features, Chen-Wishart provides erudite analysis of the intricacies of the subject.

  • Presents contract law in a visually appealing manner with diagrams, flowcharts, and tables to illuminate the subject and bring it to life
  • Give an overview of the interests, values, and concerns that arise in each area of contract law, and full coverage of contract law's complexities and controversies
  • Counterpoint and reflection boxes encourage students to critically assess the law and to engage in the constructive process of law reform

New to this edition

  • A new chapter on good faith
  • The chapter on enforceability discusses the significance of MWB v Rock on contract variations, including a new diagram
  • The chapter on contents has been substantially revised to take account of recent decisions on interpretation (including a new diagram), implied terms and the exercise of discretionary powers
  • The chapter on remedies includes a section on the remedies available to consumers in respect of their rights to reject, to price reduction and to repair or replacement, or repeat performance

About the Author(s)

Mindy Chen-Wishart, Professor in the Law of Contract, Oxford University Law Faculty, Fellow of Merton College Oxford and Professor of Law (fractional), National University of Singapore, Professor in the Law of Contract, Oxford University Law Faculty, Fellow of Merton College Oxford, and Professor of Law (fractional), National University of Singapore

Mindy Chen-Wishart is Professor of the Law of Contract in the Law Faculty at Oxford University, a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford and (fractional) Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore. Previously she was a senior lecturer at Otago University, New Zealand, and Rhodes Research Fellow at St Hilda's College, Oxford. She holds or has held Visiting Professorships in Germany, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. She writes extensively in Contract Law and Contract Theory, and is one of the editors of Chitty on Contracts.

Table of Contents

    Part I: Contract Formation
    3:Enforceability: consideration, formalities, promissory estoppel
    Part II: Privity
    Part III: 'Vitiating' Factors
    5:Misrepresentation and non-disclosure
    6:Mistaken assumptions
    9:Unfairness: undue influence, non-commercial guarantees, unconscionable bargains
    Part IV: The Contents of Contracts
    10:Identifying and interpreting contractual terms
    11:Direct control over terms
    Part V: Breach and Remedies For Breach
    12:Breach of contract and termination
    14:Specific and agreed remedies
    Part VI: Good Faith
    15:Good faith


Excellent material for understanding the law of contract including very helpful diagrams and all based on meticulous research - 10 out of 10 for innovation and for making contract law accessible and interesting to students. - Anca Chirita, Lecturer in Law, Durham University

The book is composed in a way that encourages and stimulates learning. The volume is original in style and written in a lively and student-friendly manner. The clear way in which contract law is explained throughout and augmented by easy to follow diagrams and tables helps not only to explain key concepts but also to summarise work that has already been covered. - The Law Teacher

An excellent book which provides a comprehensive grounding in the fundamentals. The analysis of legal doctrine is second to none, and is aided with innovative tables and diagrams. - Prince Saprai, Senior Lecturer, University College London

For anyone looking for an accessible account of contract law, you should seriously consider this latest edition of Mindy Chen-Wishart's Contract Law. It provides an accessible and clear account of the law. The flowcharts and diagrams [...] are worth their weight in gold. - Student Law Journal

A modern and accessible text which meaningfully engages students and contains thought-provoking analytical features. - Emma Teare, Senior Lecturer in Law, Teesside University

Thoughtful and erudite in analysis - this is an interesting, critical and clearly accomplished text. - Rob Jago, University of Surrey

My favourite of the contract law textbooks with a clear structure, elegant style and extensive use of visual aids. - Scott Styles, School of Law, University of Aberdeen

The text is very well structured, clearly written and cogently argued. This is an ideal introduction for the beginner and a valuable resource for the finalist. - Stefan Enchelmaier, Professor of European and Comparative Law, University of Oxford

Additional Resources

The book is accompanied by a suite of online resources including animated versions of selected diagrams with audio commentary; guidance on answering the questions posed in the book; web links to key cases and legislation; updates; and two additional chapters on incapacity and illegality & public policy.

Additionally, lecturers have access to a test bank, and electronic copies of the diagrams from the book.

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