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Blackstone's Statutes on Commercial & Consumer Law 2015-2016

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Editor: Francis Rose

Price: 16.99

Edition: 24th Edition (August 2015)

ISBN: 978-0-198-73600-4

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It has been over fifteen years since I first started to use Blackstone's Statutes on Commercial & Consumer Law.  Since using an edition back in the late 1990s, it has grown in size (consistent with the increase in statutory provisions on commercial and consumer law).  However, some things have remained unchanged.  These include the editor, Francis Rose, who continues to expertly select just the right amount of material for students and busy practitioners.  It also includes the clear and up to date layout.  If you are studying commercial or consumer law, or a practising lawyer, Blackstone's Statutes on Commercial & Consumer Law 2015-2016 is a text for you.

Blackstone's Statutes on Commercial & Consumer Law 2015-2016 is split into four parts: statutes; statutory instruments; EU materials; and codes.  Each part includes a vast selection of material.  For example, the first part on statutes includes extracts from the following Acts: the Factors Act 1889, the Hire-Purchase Act 1964, the Misrepresentation Act 1967, the Supply of Goods (Implied Terms) Act 1973, the Consumer Credit Act 1974, the Companies Act 2006 and (importantly) the Consumer Rights Act 2015.  The second part on statutory instruments includes: the General Product Safety Regulations 2005, the Payment Services Regulations 2009 and the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013.

The impressive feature of Blackstone's Statutes on Commercial & Consumer Law 2015-2016 is the breadth of material it covers.  There is, to be fair to Professor Rose, enough material on either commercial law or consumer law alone to occupy its own Statute Book.  However, Professor Rose has managed to select just the right amount of material for everyday use.  While there will be times when the reader has to consult the full legislative provision, Blackstone's Statutes on Commercial & Consumer Law 2015-2016 includes most of the key provisions.  This is some accomplishment in a fast moving areas of law like commercial or consumer law.

If you are looking for a text containing all of the key relevant provisions on commercial and consumer law, you should look no further than Blackstone's Statutes on Commercial & Consumer Law 2015-2016.  At just under 17, it also provides excellent value for money.  The layout is clear and crisp; exactly what is needed when you are in exam conditions or at Court being asked direct questions by a judge.  If you have any interest in consumer or commercial law, Blackstone's Statutes on Commercial & Consumer Law 2015-2016 will form a valuable part of your personal library.

Reviewed on 24 December 2015

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