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Contract Law

Third Edition

TT Arvind

June 2022

ISBN: 9780198867777

600 pages

Price: £34.99

The most practical approach to contract law; enriched with scenarios to support deep understanding of legal principles, analysis, and critique.



Enriched with problem scenarios and illustrations, Contract Law offers students a helpful framework to support deep understanding of legal principles, academic analysis, and critical discussion.

  • A fresh approach illustrates the diverse applications of modern contract law through engaging real-world scenarios, enabling students to see the legal principles applied in practice
  • Carefully balances an accessible, reassuring writing style with rigorous academic analysis and critical discussion to give students a thorough understanding of contract law
  • Areas of debate and controversy are captured in learning features that enable students to engage with key topics influencing the development of contract law today
  • The key points, end-of-chapter questions, and further reading recommendations help students to focus and consolidate their learning
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • Chapter 12 on economic duress has been fully revised in the light of the Supreme Court decision in Pakistan International Airline Coporation v Times Travel (UK) Ltd [2021]
  • Chapter 8 discussion of good faith has been expanded to include a discussion of how the courts have linked it to relational contracting
  • Chapter 10 on frustration has been widened to include a discussion of how it deals with contractual problems created by Covid-induced lockdowns
  • Dozens of new cases and clarifications have been added throughout including: TRW Ltd v Panasonic Industry Europe GmbH [2021] on the battle of forms; Grondona v Stoffel & Co [2020] on illegality; Canary Wharf (BP4) T1 Ltd v European Medicines Agency [2019] on frustration; and Chudley v Clydesdale Bank [2019] on third party rights

About the Author(s)

TT Arvind, Professor of Law and Head of Department, York Law School, University of York

TT Arvind is Professor of Law and Head of Department at York Law School, 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


"Complex legal concepts are broken down, step-by-step, and applied regularly to real-world scenarios, enabling them to be easily understood and appreciated by students of any level." - Michael Lane, Visiting Lecturer; PhD Student, Birmingham City University

"A unique, comprehensive and well-thought out textbook, with student learning in mind, written by a dedicated expert in the field." - Dr Sarah Morley, Lecturer, Newcastle University

"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 2015-2018, University College London

"A refreshingly innovative approach; it introduces genuinely life-like scenarios which capture the reader's 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, Principles Lecturer and 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!" - Kiran Arif, Student, University of Hertfordshire

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
The third 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
  • On the accompanying online resources students can find additional support for their studies, including podcasts and videos.

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