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Contract Law Directions

Eighth Edition

Richard Taylor and Damian Taylor

April 2021

ISBN: 9780198870593

432 pages

In Stock


Price: £32.99

This is the most student-friendly guide to the subject; 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.

  • Gain a complete understanding of the topic: we won't overload or leave your students short, just the right amount of detail conveyed clearly
  • Understand the law in context: with scene-setting introductions and highlighted case extracts, the practical importance of the law becomes clear
  • Identify when and how to evaluate the law critically: 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
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • This edition has been fully revised and incorporates a number of new cases at Supreme Court, Privy Council, Court of Appeal and High Court level, including the following: Wells v Devani (Supreme Court) (certainty), Times Travel v Pakistan International Airlines (CA) (lawful act duress), Canary Wharf v European Medicines Agency (HC) (frustration in light of Brexit), Triple Point Technology v PTT (CA) (liquidated damages and termination).
  • Coverage of implied terms has been redeveloped to include an expanded discussion of interpretation, good faith and added subheadings to improve navigability.

About the Author(s)

Richard Taylor, MA (Oxon) LLM, Barrister, Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Central Lancashire, and Damian Taylor, MA (Oxon) BCL, Solicitor

Richard Taylor is Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Central Lancashire and was President of the Society of Legal Scholars 2018/2019. He is also one of the authors of Blackstone's Criminal Practice.

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

    Part 1 Creation of Obligations
    3:Certainty and the intention to create legal relations
    4:Consideration and estoppel
    Part 2 Contents and Borders
    5:Positive terms
    6:Exemption clauses
    Part 3 Defects
    9:Duress, undue influence and unconscionable bargains
    Part 4 Finishing and Enforcing Obligations
    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


"This is the book to start with if you want an excellent introduction to contract law." - Nikhil Gokani, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex

"This accessible textbook covers all topics clearly, enhanced by illustrations and examples, helping students to understand and expand their knowledge of contract law." - Jens Krebs, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Portsmouth

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
The eighth 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

    The online resources include:

    - 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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