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Smith & Wood's Employment Law

Fifteenth Edition

Ian Smith, Aaron Baker, and Owen Warnock

30 April 2021

ISBN: 9780198868538

928 pages

In Stock

Price: £42.99

Explores the socio-economic influences on employment law to give students insight, detail, and context



Authoritative and accessible, Smith & Wood's Employment Law provides detailed and lucid coverage on the core areas and key case law. Critical analysis combined with discussion of contextual knowledge engages students and helps them to develop a well-rounded and intricate understanding of the subject.

  • Examines current employment law topics in context, providing thorough coverage of the law as it stands while offering insightful analysis of the debates and controversies which shape legal development
  • The authors discuss key case law and legislation with clarity, and combine detailed explanations with brief extracts from judgments to support students' learning and provide real life context
  • Each chapter begins with an 'overview' section that outlines the main learning outcomes of the topic, while a 'review and final thoughts' feature emphasizes the key issues and highlights areas of development, enthusing students to take their research further
  • Full references to further reading are provided throughout the book to help guide additional research, and further resources and websites can be found online for assessments and revision
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • Considers the effects of the 2019 elections, Brexit, and the coronavirus pandemic on employment law matters and how this may impact the future of the law
  • Each chapter includes a new introductory 'context' section that addresses the relevant socio, economic and political context behind each topic to support students understanding
  • Fully updated to include considerable new commentary on the Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal case law, as well as coverage of Supreme Court cases, including trade clauses, worker status, dismissal, vicarious liability, and more
  • Chapters on discrimination in employment, work-life balance, and redundancy and reorganization have been extensively rewritten to offer a logical and nuanced approach to these topics
  • States the law as at February 2021 and so includes 2020 legislative changes such as the extended coverage of section one statements of terms and conditions, the inception of bereavement leave and pay and changes to European Works Councils stemming from Brexit

About the Author(s)

Ian Smith, Barrister and Emeritus Professor of Employment Law, University of East Anglia, Aaron Baker, Late Associate Professor in Law, Durham University, and Owen Warnock, Emeritus Professor of Employment Law, University of East Anglia

Ian Smith is a Barrister, former Clifford Chance Professor of Employment Law at the University of East Anglia and a former ACAS arbitrator. He is also General Editor of the practitioner text, Harvey on Industrial Relations and Employment Law (Lexis Nexis).

Aaron Baker, late Associate Professor (Reader) in Law at Durham University, held extensive experience as an employment trial lawyer prior to joining academia. His prestigious career in law saw him write for numerous journals, and on dispute resolution and anti-discrimination under the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998. Aaron authored and contributed to six editions of Smith & Wood's Employment Law, and was a good friend to both Ian Smith and Owen Warnock.

Owen Warnock is Emeritus Professor of Employment Law at the University of East Anglia and is also a former Partner in the Human Resources Group of Eversheds Sutherland. He is a Contributing Editor to the practitioner text, Harvey on Industrial Relations and Employment Law (Lexis Nexis).

Table of Contents

    2:Contracts of employment (1): status, formation, continuity, and change
    3:Contracts of employment (2): content and wages
    4:Discrimination in employment
    5:The work-life balance legislation
    6:Termination of employment contract at common law
    7:Unfair dismissal
    8:Redundancy, reorganization, and transfers of undertakings
    9:Collective labour law
    10:Industrial action


"An extremely comprehensive and well written textbook, governed by a clear, intuitive and appealing structure." - Amir Paz-Fuchs, Professor of Law and Social Justice, University of Sussex

"This book is excellent. I love the way the book clearly sets out the concepts, provides analysis of case law, as well as offering context behind the material." - Dr Elaine Dewhurst, Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester

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
The following resources for this book are available online.
- Self-test questions with feedback for each chapter
- Further reading lists and useful websites