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Contract Law

Second Edition

TT Arvind

May 2019

ISBN: 9780198829263

640 pages

In Stock

Price: £37.99

Unfold the problem > Reveal the law > Apply to life: A uniquely practical approach to contract law.



Engaging and innovative, this text 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
  • 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' boxes highlight areas of the law where commentators and academics disagree, helping students to reflect on the operation of the law and potential future changes in the law
  • 'Practice in context' boxes give insight into how the law interacts with everyday life and business, prompting students to think about the reality of contracts and to give a practical grounding in the subject

New to this edition

  • The chapters on remedies have been fully revised in the light of the Supreme Court decision in Morris-Garner v One Step (Support) Ltd (2018)
  • The discussion of good faith has been expanded, and includes an outline of key trends in the recent case law
  • A new 'practice in context' feature has been added to chapter 17 covering springboard injunctions, an area of growing importance within the law of specific remedies
  • Dozens of new cases and clarifications have been added throughout

About the Author(s)

TT Arvind, Professor of Law, University of York

TT Arvind is Professor of Law at the University of York. 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

    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


"It is a unique textbook on the market." - Dr Qi Zhou (George), Associate Professor, University of Leeds

"This book is compulsively readable, well-explained, and excellent for students interested in the application of contract law to the real world." - Monica Chen, Student, University College London

"A refreshingly innovative approach; it introduces genuinely life-like scenarios which capture the readers 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, Deputy Head of Law, Sheffield Hallam 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

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

"The book does a good job of incorporating historical, contextual and theoretical perspectives probably the best introductory contract textbook available on the market currently." - David McGrogan, Senior Lecturer in Law, Northumbria University

"A great textbook. Professor Arvind is a leading authority in the field and any student would benefit a great deal from studying such a complex subject as contract law using"

"his textbook." - Dr Luca Siliquini-Cinelli, Lecturer in Law, School of Social Sciences, University of Dundee

Additional Resources

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