5th Edition

Text, Cases and Materials on Contract Law

By Richard Stone, James Devenney Copyright 2023
    894 Pages
    by Routledge

    894 Pages
    by Routledge

    Written by leading authors in the field, this clear and highly accessible volume provides full coverage of the topics commonly found in the contract law syllabus, alongside up-to-date illustrative case examples and stimulating commentary.

    Composed of approximately one-quarter authors’ commentaries and three-quarters cases and materials, including academics’ articles and extracts from books and Law Commission papers, this book takes account of a variety of theoretical perspectives, including economic, relational and empirical conceptions of the law.

    This book facilitates the development of personal study skills and encourages readers to engage with the leading academic commentaries in the area. Features to support your learning include:

    • chapter introductions to highlight the salient features under discussion and signpost topics to guide readers through this comprehensive text;
    • additional reading listed at the end of each chapter to assist further study and independent research;
    • clear and attractive text design that differentiates between the authors’ commentaries and the materials;
    • a companion website that provides skills materials and self-assessment tasks to help further your learning.

    The range of material covered, straightforward style and targeted updates to this fifth edition make Text, Cases and Materials on Contract Law a comprehensive and invaluable resource for all undergraduate and postgraduate students of contract law.

    1 Introduction

    2 Forming the agreement

    3 Consideration and other tests of enforceability

    4 Intention to create legal relations

    5 Privity

    6 Contents of the contract

    7 Clauses excluding or limiting liability

    8 Misrepresentation

    9 Mistake

    10 Duress

    11 Undue influence

    12 Frustration

    13 Illegality

    14 Discharge by performance or breach

    15 Remedies


    Richard Stone, LL.B. (Soton), LL.M. (Hull) is Emeritus Professor of Law and Human Rights at the University of Lincoln, UK. He was called to the Bar (Gray’s Inn) in 1998. Over a 40-year career in higher education he has worked at a variety of institutions in the East Midlands and London, including the University of Leicester, Nottingham Trent University, the Inns of Court School of Law and most recently the University of Lincoln.

    James Devenney is Head of School and Professor of Transnational Commercial Law at Reading School of Law, University of Reading, UK and Visiting Full Professor at University College Dublin, Ireland.

    "Lucid, comprehensive and authoritative; a truly exceptional exposition of the modern law of contract. Stone and Devenney illuminate the theory and practice of modern contract law and unpack the future challenges faced in this area with style, poise and assurance."

    Mel Kenny (Dr. iur.), Pro-Rector. Professor candidate, Comparative Contract and Commercial Law. Competition Law and State Intervention, Riga Graduate School of Law

    "Stone and Devenney's Text, Cases and Materials on Contract Law provides an excellent balance between explanatory text and extracts from key cases, which enables students to master the depths of contract law. Additionally, extracts from academic writings encourage critical reflection on the current state of the law. It is clearly written and has a structure that allows students to develop their knowledge and critical understanding of contract law."

    Professor Christian Twigg-Flesner, Professor of International Commercial Law at the University of Warwick, Editor (Law), Journal of Consumer Policy, Associate Academic Fellow (Inner Temple)

    "Highly popular with lecturers and students of contract law for over a decade, Stone and Devenney combine primary and second materials with substantial commentary enabling students to engage deeply with the principles and practices of modern contract law."

    Fidelma White, Senior Lecturer, University College Cork (UCC)

    "There are many good contract law textbooks, but undergraduate module leaders should seriously consider adopting this one. The book opens with an ambitious and clear setting out of some of the main themes in contract theory and the clarity continues throughout. This book will support weaker students and inspire the very able."

    Anthony Rogers, Senior Lecturer, City, University of London