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O'Sullivan & Hilliard's The Law of Contract

Ninth Edition

Janet O'Sullivan

April 2020

ISBN: 9780198853176

544 pages

In Stock

Core Texts Series

Price: £34.99

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
  • Accompanying online resources include guidance on questions, 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 several Supreme Court cases such as: MWB Business Exchange Centres Ltd v Rock Advertising Ltd [2019] on consideration and oral variation; Wells v Devani [2019] on contract formation, certainty and implied terms; and Morris-Garner v One Step (Support) Ltd [2019] on negotiating damages and contractual remedies generally
  • Cases from the Court of Appeal include: Chudley v Clydesdale Bank [2019] on privity and third party rights; FSHC Group v Glas Trust Corporation [2019] on rectification; First Tower Trustees Ltd v CDS (Superstores International) Ltd [2018] on misrepresentation and contractual estoppel; and Times Travel (UK) Ltd v Pakistan International Airlines Corp [2019] on lawful act duress
  • Also included are a number of exceptionally important first instance decisions, in particular Canary Wharf (BP4) v European Medicines Agency [2019] on frustration in the context of imminent Brexit
  • Expanded coverage of good faith in the context of commercial transactions
  • New coverage also engages with of the ongoing debate on contractual construction, now being debated extra-judicially by Lord Hoffmann and Lord Sumption

About the Author(s)

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

Janet O'Sullivan is a Fellow and Vice-Master of Selwyn College, Senior Lecturer 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: Three applications of the general 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


"This is a fantastic textbook. It is clear and concise, and really helped me get to grips with difficult issues." - Shimon Ellerman, student, University of Cambridge

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:
    - Guidance on answering problem-based questions in the book
    - Additional chapters on 'incapacity' and 'illegality & public policy'
    - Web links to support further research
    - Self-test questions
    - Updates

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