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O'Sullivan & Hilliard's The Law of Contract

Tenth Edition

Janet O'Sullivan

April 2022

ISBN: 9780192856555

544 pages

In Stock

Core Texts Series

Price: £37.99

Compact, clear, critical



O'Sullivan & Hilliard's The Law of Contract takes students straight to the core of this key subject. It is the perfect student companion, providing a concise, clear overview of the fundamental principles of contract law and breaking down complex areas.

  • A clear account of the key principles to give students a sound understanding of contract law
  • Concise, user-friendly size and length make this an ideal student text
  • Examples, questions, and summaries throughout enable students to stretch and consolidate their understanding
  • Learning is supported online with guidance on answering questions in the book, two additional chapters, and web links for students to take their research further
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • New material in this edition includes new cases from the several Supreme Court and Privy Council: Pakistan International Airline Corporation v Times Travel (UK) Ltd [2021] on lawful act duress; Triple Point Technology, Inc v PTT Public Company [2021] on liquidated damages; and Attorney General of the Virgin Islands v Global Water Associates Ltd [2020] on remoteness of damage
  • Revised chapter 13 on mistake provides greater clarity on this difficult topic.
  • Cases from the Court of Appeal include: Yoo Design Services Ltd v Iliv Realty PTE Ltd [2021] on implied terms; Ralph v Ralph [2021] on rectification; Morley (t/a Morley Estates) v Royal Bank of Scotland Plc [2021] on economic duress
  • Also included are a number of exceptionally important first instance decisions, including cases dealing with the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on contracts, such as: Bank of New York Mellon v Cine-UK Ltd [2021] and Dwyer (UK Franchising) Limited v Fredbar Limited, Mr Shaun Rowland Bartless [2021]

About the Author(s)

Janet O'Sullivan, Fellow and Vice-Master of Selwyn College, University of Cambridge

Janet O'Sullivan is a Fellow and Vice-Master of Selwyn College, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge, and is a recipient of the Pilkington Teaching Prize for Excellence in University Teaching.

Table of Contents

    1:General themes and issues
    2:Offer and acceptance I: General principles
    3:Offer and acceptance II: two related principles
    5:Consideration and estoppel
    7:Terms of the contract I
    8:Terms of the contract II: Common law and statutory controls on unfair terms
    9:Misrepresentation and non-disclosure
    11:Undue influence
    12:Unconscionable bargains
    13:Common mistake and rectification
    15:Discharge of a contract for breach
    16:Remedies I: Compensatory damages
    17:Remedies II: Specific remedies
    18:Remedies III: Other non-compensatory or exceptional remedies
    Online: Incapacity
    Online: Illegality and public policy


"Helpful, reliable and well-written. It explains complex issues clearly and is concise and focused, but also provides a good amount of additional detail." - Dr Joanna McCunn, Lecturer in Law, University of Bristol

"Up-to-date and helpful account of case law as a key source of contract law." - Jeremmy Okonjo, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Warwick School of Law

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
The tenth 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 guidance on answering questions in the book, additional chapters, and web links.

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