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Contract Law

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Author: Mindy Chen-Wishart

Price: 32.99

Edition: 5th Edition (March 2015)

ISBN: 978-0-19-968916-3

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This fifth edition of Contract Law by Mindy Chen-Wishart comes some three years since the last edition.  It has been thoroughly updated to include over fifty new cases, a new section on electronic contract formation and consideration of the changes to the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 by the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Regulations 2014.  These changes have been seamlessly incorporated to provide an accessible and engaging account of contract law; there is now no doubt that Contract Law is a popular choice for many students.

Contract Law is split into six parts: introduction; contract formation (which has chapters on agreement and enforceability: and consideration, formalities and promissory estoppel); privity; 'vitiating' factors (including chapters on misrepresentation and non-disclosure; mistaken assumptions; and unfairness (but no mention of unfairness under Section 140A of the Consumer Credit Act 1974); the contents of contracts (which has chapters on identifying and interpreting contractual terms; and direct control over terms); and breach and remedies for breach (including chapters on breach of contract and termination; and damages).  It also  include an appendix of additional chapters on incapacity and illegality.

It has been some eight years since I reviewed the second edition of Contract Law.  I am pleased to see that many of the excellent features of the second edition remain: numerous flowcharts, excellent diagrams and a well-organised text.  All of these help explain what can be rather complicated area of law in a straight-forward and accessible way.  There is also an Online Resource Centre (called an 'ORC') available from:  By the time of this review, there are a number of fantastic materials (even an update to reflect the changes from the Consumer Rights Act 2015; this came into force on 1 October 2015).

For anyone looking for an accessible account of contract law, you should seriously consider this latest edition of Mindy Chen-Wishart's Contract Law.  It provides an accessible and clear account of the law.  The flowcharts and diagrams, which are available as PowerPoint presentations from the ORC, are worth their weight in gold.  It also seems that the ORC will continue to receive regular updates (which keeps the text up to date).  It is also well-priced and will ensure you understand the basic building blocks of contract law; these are incredibly important for many other areas of law, study and many professional careers.

Reviewed on 3 October 2015

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