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Poole's Casebook on Contract Law

Fourteenth Edition

Robert Merkin QC and Séverine Saintier

July 2019

ISBN: 9780198817864

864 pages

In Stock

Price: £32.99

Offering the clearest presentation of all the leading cases with succinct author commentary and helpful learning features.



All the cases you need, together with the tools to understand them. Now updated by Professor Robert Merkin and Dr Séverine Saintier, Poole's Casebook on Contract Law takes a uniquely supportive approach, to give you the confidence to engage with and analyse judgments.

  • An introductory chapter provides valuable guidance on how to use a casebook; developing essential academic and practical skills
  • Cases are accompanied by succinct author commentary highlighting the key elements of each case
  • Thought-provoking questions are posed throughout to develop an in-depth understanding of the subject through critical engagement
  • The book is simple to navigate, pulling all key case law together into one easy-to-use volume which students can work through systematically or use to reference specific cases

New to this edition

  • The 'Guidance on reading cases' has added features to guide students in honing their skills on reading cases, and is supplemented by interactive examples on how to take notes on cases on the online resources
  • Wood v Capita Insurance Services Ltd [2017] on the rules of contract interpretation
  • Rock Advertising Ltd v Business Exchange Centres Ltd [2018] and its impact on No Oral Variation clauses (NOM); and MWB Business Exchange Centres Ltd v Rock Advertising Ltd [2016] on whether a practical benefit is valid consideration for part-payment of a debt
  • Sheikh Tahnoon Al Nehayan v Kent [2018] on the notion good faith in relational contracts
  • MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co SA v Cottonex Anstalt [2016] on breach
  • Morris-Garner v One Step (Support) Ltd [2018] on the impact on Wrotham Park damages and the availability and nature of the account of profits in Attorney General v Blake [2001]
  • Patel v Mirza [2016] on illegality

About the Author(s)

Robert Merkin QC, Professor of Commercial Law, Exeter Law School, University of Exeter, and Séverine Saintier, Associate Professor of Law, Exeter Law School, University of Exeter

Robert Merkin is Professor of Law at the University of Exeter and Special Counsel to Duncan Cotterill. He has taught the law of contract for many years. Robert has written a number of texts and articles on contract, insurance and arbitration. He is co-editor of the Lloyd's Law Reports. He was appointed Queen's Counsel (honoris causa) in 2015 and was awarded a higher doctorate by Cardiff University in the same year. In 2018 Rob became Honorary Life President of the International Association of Insurance Law (AIDA). He has co-edited the book Essays in Memory of Professor Jill Poole: Coherence, Modernisation and Integration in Contract, Commercial and Corporate Laws, Routledge (2018).

Séverine Saintier is Associate Professor of Law at the University of Exeter where she teaches contract, commercial, and French contract law. She has authored publications in the field of commercial agency contracts such as Commercial Agency Law: A Comparative Analysis, Ashgate, (2002) and (with J Scholes) Commercial Agents and the Law (2005), LLP. She has also written a number of articles for leading journals including the Journal of Business Law and the European Review of Private Law. Séverine is co-author with Robert of the privity chapter in Essays in Memory of Professor Jill Poole: Coherence, Modernisation and Integration in Contract, Commercial and Corporate Laws, Routledge (2018).

Table of Contents

    1: Guidance on reading cases
    Part 1 Formation
    2: Agreement
    3: Agreement problems
    4: Enforceability of promises: consideration and promissory estoppel
    5: Intention to be legally bound, formalities and capacity to contract
    Part 2 Content, Interpretation, Performance and Breach
    6: Content of the contract and principles of interpretation
    7: Exemption clauses and unfair contract terms
    8: Breach of contract
    Part 3 Enforcement of Contractual Obligations
    9: Damages for breach of contract
    10: Remedies providing for specific relief and restitutionary remedies
    11: Privity of contract and third party rights
    12: Discharge by frustration: subsequent impossibility
    Part 4 Methods of Policing the Making of the Contract
    13: Non-agreement mistake
    14: Misrepresentation
    15: Duress, undue influence, and unconscionable bargains
    16: Illegality


"I absolutely love the layout of this casebook, in particular I like the guidance on reading cases section. I also like the highlighted judge sections an excellent all-round casebook." - Jade-Amanda Laprote, student, City, University of London

"The step-by-step guidance on how to read cases in chapter 1 is incredibly unique and helpful." - Phillippa C Mckernan, student, Bournemouth

"I found the topics of terms and remedies most difficult during my studies. This book explains these topics in great detail through highlighting the key cases and their significance. I am impressed by the way in which the casebook does a good job of acquainting students with the relevant statutes." - Mohammad Imran Malik, student, Kings College London

"Well-written and in-depth, getting to the heart of the key issues and exploring different interpretations as to the effect of different decisions and reasoning." - Jeanette Ashton, Senior Lecturer, University of Brighton

"Pooles Casebook is, in my view, an excellent book." - Joan Upson, Senior University Teacher, University of Sheffield

Additional Resources

The study of contract law continues via the online resources, keeping you up to date and helping to consolidate your learning.
- Exercises and guidance on reading cases
- Updates on new legislation, cases, and other legal developments

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