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Poole's Textbook on Contract Law

Fifteenth Edition

Robert Merkin QC and Séverine Saintier

June 2021

ISBN: 9780198869993

696 pages

In Stock

Price: £37.99

A student classic: clear, comprehensive, contextual



The fifteenth edition of this established and popular text provides clear and commercially-focused coverage of contract law. Case-driven content and succinct explanations are combined with summaries, questions, and examples to allow students to gain a sound understanding of the theory and application of contract law principles.

  • Provides a clear introduction to contract law mapped to undergraduate courses
  • Presents the information in a straightforward style, allowing students to gain a sound understanding of the main issues, whilst also addressing some of the complexities of contract law, to encourage a fuller appreciation of the subject
  • Each chapter includes summaries, questions, examples, and a guide to further reading, allowing students to check their understanding and to conduct efficient and well-directed further study
  • Suitable for use as a stand-alone textbook, or in conjunction with Poole's Casebook on Contract Law, making it an essential resource for students
  • Also available as an e-book enhanced with self-assessment activities and multi-media content to offer a fully immersive experience and 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:Introduction to the law of contract
    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
    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 embedded self-assessment activities, and multi-media content including a series of supportive videos and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks
- The study tools that enhance the e-book are all also available as stand-alone online resources for use alongside the print book.

Online resources include:
- Over 300 multiple choice questions with answers and feedback
- A selection of videos from the authors
- Guidance on answering problem questions in contract law
- Updates on new legislation, cases, and other legal developments