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Contract Law

Text, Cases, and Materials

Ninth Edition

Ewan McKendrick

May 2020

ISBN: 9780198855293

1,088 pages

In Stock

Text, Cases, and Materials

Price: £42.99

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

  • Extracts and commentary on the decisions of the Supreme Court in key cases, including MWB Business Exchange Centres Ltd v Rock Advertising Ltd [2019], Wells v Devani [2019], and One Step (Support) Ltd v Morris-Garner [2019]
  • Updates on the decisions of the Court of Appeal in key cases, including First Tower Trustees Ltd v CDS (Superstores International) Ltd [2018], and Times Travel (UK) Ltd v Pakistan International Airlines Corporation [2019]
  • Developments in recent case law on consideration and no oral modifications, certainty and agreements to agree, damages, excluding liability for misrepresentation, and economic duress

About the Author(s)

Ewan McKendrick, Professor of English Private Law, University of Oxford

Ewan McKendrick is a Professor of English Private Law and a Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall at the University of Oxford, as well as a Professor of Anglo-American 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:Intentions to create legal relations
    Part 2: Terms
    8:The terms of the 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


"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

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 which include:
    - Extra material with in-depth coverage of topics such as illegality and incapacity
    - Updates on recent developments in the law
    - Self-test multiple choice questions and answers
    - Annotated web links to key sources of information on contract law

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