Law of Contract (12e) : 9781292063751

Law of Contract (12e)

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Table of contents

Preface xiii

Acknowledgements xix

Table of cases xxi

Table of statutes xl


Part 1 The formation of a contract 1

 1 The evolution and definition of the modern contract 3

 2 The fact of agreement 13

 3 Consideration 61

 4 Intention to create legal relations 92

 5 Capacity 103

 6 Formalities 118


Part 2 The contents of the contract 131

 7 The terms of the contract 133

 8 Exemption clauses 202


Part 3 Factors that vitiate a contract 269

 9 Misrepresentation 271

 10 Mistake 314

 11 Duress, undue influence and inequality of bargaining power 360

 12 Illegality 397


Part 4 Discharge of contracts 441

 13 Discharge by performance and breach 443

 14 Discharge by agreement 475

 15 Discharge by frustration 480


Part 5 Remedies for breach of contract 497

 16 The common law remedy of damages 499

 17 Equitable remedies and limitation of actions 560

 18 Quasi-contract and the law of restitution 570


Part 6 The rights and liabilities of third parties to the contract 583

 19 Privity of contract 585

 20 Agency 620

 21 Assignment of contractual rights 648


 Glossary 661

 Index 668

New to this edition

This twelfth edition has been fully updated with all recent developments in contract law, including:


·    Substantial discussion of the Consumer Rights Bill 2014

·    A new explanation of good faith as a contractual term

·    An examination of significant recent cases, such as Dresdner Kleinwort Ltd v Atrill [2013], Cramaso LLP v Ogilvie-Grant [2014] and Dany Lions Ltd v Bristol Cars Ltd [2013]

Author biography

Paul Richards was formerly Head of the School of Law at the University of Huddersfield. He has had many years of experience as a university academic in contract law, land law and trusts and formerly served as Chief Examiner in the Law of Contract to the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. He has also acted as external examiner at numerous universities and examining bodies in these subjects.