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Poole's Casebook on Contract Law

Fifteenth Edition

Robert Merkin QC and Séverine Saintier

June 2021

ISBN: 9780198869986

856 pages

In Stock

Price: £34.99

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. Poole's Casebook on Contract Law takes a uniquely supportive approach, to give students the confidence to engage with and analyse judgments.

  • 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
  • An introductory chapter provides valuable guidance on how to read and understand case law, 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
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • A new chapter covering 'mistake' as a standalone topic
  • The structure and order of chapters has been updated to reflect latest course needs
  • Key new cases include Morley (t/a Morley estates) v RBS (2020); First National Trustco (UK) Ltd v McQuitty (2020); Glossop Cartons & Print Ltd v Contact (Print and Packaging) (2020); and BV Nederlandse Industrie Van Eiprodukten v Rembrandt Enterprises (Inc) (2020)

About the Author(s)

Robert Merkin QC, Professor of Law, University of Reading; Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Exeter, and Séverine Saintier, Associate Professor of Commercial Law, University of Exeter

Robert Merkin QC is Professor of Law, University of Reading; Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Exeter; and Special Counsel to Duncan Cotterill. 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 Commercial Law at the University of Exeter. She has co-edited Vulnerable Consumers and the law, Consumer Protection and Access to Justice (Routledge, 2020) and 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
    3:Enforceability of promises: consideration and promissory estoppel
    4:Intention to be legally bound, formalities and capacity to contract
    Part 2 Content, Interpretation, Performance and Privity
    5:Content of the contract and principles of interpretation
    6:Exemption clauses and unfair contract terms
    7:Privity of contract and third party rights
    Part 3 Vitiating Factors
    10:Duress, undue influence, and unconscionable bargains
    11: Illegality
    Part 4 Performance and Termination of Contract
    12:Discharge by frustration: subsequent impossibility
    13:Breach of contract
    14:Damages for breach of contract
    15:Remedies providing for specific relief and restitutionary remedies

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources:
The fifteenth 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

A selection of online resources accompany this text, including:
- Exercises and guidance on reading cases
- Updates on new legislation, cases, and other legal developments

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