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Anson's Law of Contract [Paperback]

Jack Beatson FBA , Andrew Burrows FBA QC (Hon) , John Cartwright
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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19 Aug 2010 0199282471 978-0199282470 29
Anson's Law of Contract is a classic text in the field, renowned for offering an accurate, authoritative and stimulating account of the law and its underlying principles. In this edition Sir Jack Beatson has been joined by Professor Andrew Burrows and Professor John Cartwright to create an exceptional author team. The 29th edition continues to provide comprehensive and detailed coverage of all topics covered on modern contract law courses, and has been completely revised and updated to incorporate all notable developments in case law, legislation, and academic debate.

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  • Paperback: 848 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 29 edition (19 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199282471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199282470
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review from previous edition Ansons Law of Contract, under the stewardship of Jack Beatson, remains one of the finest expositions of English contract law available... Anson is the first textbook I would recommend to students of contract law. It is simply of a higher quality than any other text... for a clear, readable and authoritative exposition of the general principles of contract law, it is impressive indeed. Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly This book speaks for itself as one of the indispensable classic text books on English Contract law. Dr. Reid, Univ. of Edinburgh

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Professor John Cartwright is Professor of the Law of Contract at the University of Oxford, and Professor of Anglo-American Private Law at the University of Leiden.

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4.0 out of 5 stars In-depth yet accessible 23 Oct 2002
Recommended by my lecturer as a slightly more in-depth text to supplement the contract module of the LLB. Well layed out which helps for quick reference around case reading, and while intelligent in content, not inaccesible to a first year undergradute. Maybe not a foundation text but certainly invaluable for a deeper understanding.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good text, but requires a bit of work. 26 Jan 2005
By John Kimble VINE VOICE
This was my recommended text for contract law and I must admit I did find it quite hard going at times, however I persevered and I feel that it gave me a thorough understanding of many aspects of the core areas that other texts only touch on.
I would say that this text would apply only to undergraduate level and above. The detail in each chapter is immense and the footnotes at the bottom of each page provide an excellent reference for further reading.
Therefore if you want to score top marks, buy this book and prepare to be patient with it, it will pay off, if you want a thorough understanding and detailed information and background on the key principles and areas of contract law, then this book definitely serves that purpose.
If however you feel that you just want to know the fundamentals then I would shop around, just because it is said to be the best text for contact in England, Wales and Northern Ireland doesn't mean there aren't other more reader friendly books out there that will help you achieve a good understanding and a good grade
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4.0 out of 5 stars The book I wish I'd bought 23 April 2013
This wasn't one of my set books for contract law, I was unfortunate enough to be set Contract Law (Palgrave Macmillan Law Masters) , PLEASE see my review on that if you are even considering it. This book was so much more helpful when I was preparing moots and researching essays, pair it with Text, Cases and Materials on Contract Law to really complete the contract dream team. Everything is laid out clearly and with the essential sub-headings and shaded boxes that make law textbooks readable. While it is very manageable it doesn't go the whole hog and have dozens of diagrams and the like dotted around for the benefit of those who prefer to see theories etc in front of them (if this sounds good see Chen-Wishart's Contract Law), personally this just depresses me.

One word of warning however would be to attempt to find out when the new edition will be released. At the time of writing this 29th edition was published in August 2010, almost 3 years ago, which in law textbook edition time is virtually a millennium. Granted, Contract Law doesn't age as badly as something like Family Law but neither does it have the painfully immortal qualities of something like Land Law.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Textbook 12 April 2006
By Miami
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This textbook is classic. Alone, this is a necessary and sufficient condition to make it required reading. Its clarity is fine and its technical rigour is brilliant.

Beatson exposits the classic principles of Contract Law with precision, clarity and a mastery of language. The discussion of distinctions made, and way the courts have sought to circumvent classic principles of contract law, is excellent.

The defining feature of this textbook: the mini summaries of the classic and difficult cases that are embedded in the discussions, are technically accurate, detailed, and profoundly clear.

This textbook needs no persuasion. It's indispensable.
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