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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2008
Treitel's 'The Law of Contract' is a classic. Perhaps it will be the last of the great treatises on English contract law, coming from a tradition beginning with Powell's Essay upon the Law of Contracts and Agreements at the end of the eighteenth century, through writers such as Anson and Leake in the nineteenth and ultimately to Treitel in the last quarter of the twentieth century. Quote Treitel and people listen. The fashion has now changed and contract books now contain extracts from cases to save the casual reader an excursion to the library or logging onto Lexis or Westlaw. They are none the worse for this. Ewan McKendrick's book on English contract law is highly recommendable. For those that prefer a historical approach to their contract law, David Ibbetson's 'Introduction to the Law of Obligations' is a superb treatment of the subject. Both McKendrick and Ibbetson are probably more accessible to undergraduates than Treitel. However, as a student advances in his or her understanding of English contract law and is able include the likes of Brian Simpson and Patrick Atiyah within the theories that they are familiar with, having a copy of Treitel to hand, if only to see what the old master has to say on the topic under consideration, is invaluable.

A practical example, on recently looking at the doctrine of consideration, I went through a number of standard textbooks on English contract law to see what they had to say about Rann v. Hughes and was amazed to see how few included it. Of course, it was in Treitel - I should have looked there first.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 29 May 2002
This book will not appeal to those who simply want a quick pass in a contract law exam, instead its aimed at those who want a thorough understanding of the subject. The immense detail and breadth of research, coupled with Treitel's logical lines of argument will ensure that this book equips you with a degree of knowledge normally attribututed to your lecturer. Despite debates surrounding its accessibility, I am nevertheless of the view that the book remains the bible of contract law for undergraduate studies.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 16 December 2001
this is an excellent book for students of law and practioners. Yes, it is complicated and at times difficult. Perhaps this is because the book is written for those students who wish to attain a first or high 2-1 and as a first port of call to practioners. There are other books on Contract Law (and for practioners Chitty on Contract is the best all rounder) but for students of the top rank there is only one book to buy -it is without doubt Tritel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2009
very much detail. however if a student is not so familiar with legal terminologies and phrases, then I would advise them to start with something simpler before moving on to this, on the other hand getting used to the language and terminology is vital for earning a good mark, so on the long run this book is still very good for undergraduates.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 July 2012
G.H. Treitel's 'The Law of Contract' is an outstanding exposition of the English Law of Contract. The book is masterfully written and extremely detailed, often providing useful insights to the historical development of the law. The landmark judgements are helpfully analysed, and light is shed on conflicting appellate authority where appropriate. Comprehensive.
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on 2 June 2014
It first of all came in good condition, so in this aspect it was new as they said it will be.
There was also the swift delivery which meant that I did not have to wait an age to receive it.
Finally the content which matched that of the description given by Amazon, so all round satisfied customer.
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on 21 February 2015
though overall more an Atiyah than a Treitel man you still need to know both sides of the story; erudite and well referenced... like all such texts it yields its mysteries over time... remains a classic...
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on 17 April 2013
big book with lots of big words. if your new to contract law this book says it all, but might want to get a foundation book first! this chucks you in at the deepend!
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on 26 July 2013
Very good manual on CONTRACT LAW. Well written and presented. Hardly call a good read but very necessary. Wish a kindle version was available
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on 13 May 2013
Well known classic text relied upon for years by students and practitioners alike. Reliable and informative. Would not be without it.
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