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Contract Law [Paperback]

Mindy Chen-Wishart
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27 May 2010 0199570051 978-0199570058 3
This textbook provides a unique approach to contract law, employing the use of numerous diagrams and boxes to help explain the subject and bring it to life. Written by a leading contract lawyer with extensive teaching experience, the book uses an informal, lively, and analytical style to explain the intricacies of contract law and the questions that arise during the life of a contract. The book is also accompanied by a wide-ranging website to support the use of the book in teaching. Online Resource Centre For Students * PowerPoint slides of selected diagrams with accompanying audio (voiced by the author) to show how these come together * Updates * Web links to key cases and legislation * Guidance on answering the questions posed in the book * Two additional chapters: 'Incapacity' and 'Illegality and Public Policy' For Lecturers * Diagrams from the book * Test bank


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  • Paperback: 728 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 3 edition (27 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199570051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199570058
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mindy Chen-Wishart is Lecturer in the Law Faculty and a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford. Previously she was a Rhodes Research Fellow at St Hilda's College, Oxford, and a Senior Lecturer at Otago University, New Zealand.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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This book is good. The text is concise. It is internally coherent and logical. It evaluates and analyses in tremendous depth the theoretical limitations of and the inconsistency with which courts have applied the doctrines of Contract Law, including Consideration and Promissory Estoppel. The book has interesting graphical diagrams attempting to conceptualise Contract Law and its haphazard theories and doctrines. They can however over complicate the subject matter, which wouldn't be seen in Anson's Law of Contract. However, Contract Law was usually conceived as dry and boring and unnecessarily complicated. Contract Law has been rebirthed in this text and proposals for reform deeply considered. Philosophy is deeply looked into and Economics is brought in. There is so much evaluation, and it is so deep, you realise how much work this text was to hammer out and to carve into a consistent and coherent whole. And you thought McKendrick was good? You aint read this...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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It seems that much has already been said about the virtues of this book, in terms of its depth, structure and theoretical analysis. I agree entirely: this is a fantastic book. What is more, this book has a satisfyingly 'fresh' feel to it which is lacking from the more established text books.

I would agree with a previous reviewer that some of the diagrams are not worth touching (and are, frankly, quite bizarre: images of umbrellas and cupping hands come to mind), but I'd argue that the majority of the diagrams/tables are pretty damned useful: eg the tables on damages in mispresentation/frustration, on UCTA/UTCCR and on recoverable loss of amenity/bargain.

I feel this book will help you to understand (rather than regurgitate) contract law more than any other book. It also provides a very sound conceptual framework upon which to build knowledge drawn from further reading. For example, I have yet to see any other text book explain/emphasise the links between consideration/estoppel-privity-third party damages better than this gem.

I hope to see more text books of this kind in other areas of law.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Contract Law Textbook 20 Jan 2011
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Being in my second year I missed starting out with this comprehensive, easy-to-use textbook, which lays out all the essentials. A very good buy for a confused duck.
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