Elements of the Law of Contract

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Elements of the law of contract

Catharine MacMillan Richard Stone

LLB 2650040 Diploma in Law 2690040

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This subject guide was prepared for the University of London External System by:

University of London External System

Catharine MacMillan BA (Victoria) , LLB (Queen’s, Canada), LLM (Cantab), Lecturer in Law, School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London and Richard Stone LLB (Soton), LLM (Hull), Barrister, Professor and Head of Law, Lincoln Law School, University of Lincoln. In the 2004 edition of this guide Catharine MacMillan was primarily responsible for Chapters 1–2, 4–5, 7–8, 10–14 and 16–17. Richard Stone was primarily responsible for Chapters 3, 6, 9 and 15. Catharine MacMillan was responsible for the 2009
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It must not be taken as a substitute for reading the texts, cases, statutes and journals. Its purpose is to take you through each topic in the syllabus for Elements of the law of contract in a way which will help you to understand contract law. It provides an outline of the major issues presented in this subject. It will also help you prepare to answer the kind of questions the examination paper is likely to contain. Note, however, that no topic will necessarily be included in any particular examination and that some are more likely to appear than others. The Examiners are bound only by the syllabus and not by anything said in – or omitted from – this guide. What do we mean by ‘taking you through’ a topic? Very simply it is to spell out what problems or difficulties the law is seeking to provide a solution for and to give a structured guide to the materials (textbooks, cases and statutes). You must read these in order to appreciate how English law has dealt with the issues and to judge how satisfactory the solutions are in terms of overall policy.

How to use this subject guide
Each chapter begins with a general introduction to the topic covered and the learning outcomes you should achieve within that chapter. Following that, the topic is divided into subsections. Each subsection provides a reference to the recommended readings in McKendrick’s textbook and Poole’s casebook (see 1.2 below). At a minimum, you should read these;
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