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Contract Law Directions

Seventh Edition

Richard Taylor and Damian Taylor

June 2019

ISBN: 9780198836599

432 pages

In Stock


Price: £31.99

This is the most student-friendly guide to contract law; empowering students to evaluate the law, understand its practical application, and approach assessments with confidence.



A considered balance of depth, detail, context, and critique, Contract Law Directions offers the most student-friendly guide to the subject; empowering students to evaluate the law, understand its practical application, and approach assessments with confidence.

  • Just the right amount of detail to gain a complete understanding of the topic, conveyed clearly
  • Law in context: with scene-setting introductions and highlighted case extracts, the practical importance of the law becomes clear
  • When and how to critically evaluate the law: students will be introduced to the key areas of debate and given the confidence to question the law
  • Deepen and test knowledge: visually engaging learning and self-testing features aid understanding and help students tackle assessments with confidence
  • Elevate their learning: with the ground-work in place, students can aspire to take their learning to the next level; the authors provide direction on how to go further

New to this edition

  • New material in this edition includes several Supreme Court cases and a number of other significant Court of Appeal and High Court decisions, including for example, MWB v Rock Advertising (2018) (Supreme Court) (consideration and variation), Sheikh Tahnoon v Kent (HC) (2018) (Lawful Act duress), Fulton Shipping v Globalia (Supreme Court) (2017) (mitigation and collateral benefits) and a trio of cases on construction of exemption clauses; Transocean Drilling v Providence (CA) (2016) (contra proferentem), Persimmon Homes v Ove Arup (CA) (2017) (contra proferentem), Impact Funding v Barrington (Supreme Court) (2016) (Exemption of negligence).
  • The 'Digging deeper' feature, supporting readers to deepen their legal understanding, has been further developed e.g. in dealing with the Supreme Court's recent restatement of the role and purpose of "negotiating damages>" in Morris-Garner v One Step(2018).

About the Author(s)

Richard Taylor, Professor of English Law, Lancashire Law School, University of Central Lancashire, and Damian Taylor, MA (Oxon) BCL, Solicitor

Richard Taylor is Professor of English Law at the University of Central Lancashire and is President of the Society of Legal Scholars 2018/2019.

Damian Taylor is a graduate of Exeter College, Oxford, and is now a partner in one of London's leading law firms.

Table of Contents

    1: Introduction
    Creation of Obligations
    2: Agreement
    3: Certainty and the intention to create legal relations
    4: Consideration and estoppel
    Contents and Borders
    5: Positive terms
    6: Exemption clauses
    7: Misrepresentation
    8: Mistake
    9: Duress, undue influence and unconscionable bargains
    Finishing and Enforcing Obligations
    10: Frustration
    11: Damage
    12: Specific remedies
    13: Privity and the interests of third parties
    Appendix 1: Efficient and creative study
    Appendix 2: Examinations and how to take advantage of them

Additional Resources

This book is accompanied by the following online resources:
· Self-test questions
· Guidance on answering essay and problem questions
· Web links
· Flashcard glossary

Additional lecturer resources include:
· Diagrams from the book

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