Commercial Contracts

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Solene Rowan NAB 7.26

Additional Teachers: Professor Michael Bridge, Dr Jo Braithwaite, Dr Andrew Summers, Professor Michael Lobban, Dr Paul MacMahon, Dr Nick Sage, Dr Joe Spooner


This course is available on the BA in Anthropology and Law and LLB in Laws. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit. This course is not available to General Course students.


Completion of LL104 - Law of Obligations is normally a prerequisite.

Course content


LL202 Commercial Contracts comprises a study of the general principles of English law governing commercial contracts. Its examination of this subject-matter divides into two parts. Part 1, ‘Fundamentals of Commercial Contracting’ examines several important aspects of, or themes in, the law’s regulation of commercial contracting. The topics are chosen because of their intrinsic interest, and because of the opportunity offered for an advanced contextualised examination of contract law fundamentals. Part 1 therefore explores the process of commercial contracting; long-term relationships; multi-party transactions; agreed remedies; and alternative dispute resolution. Part 2, ‘Fundamentals of Commercial Law’ examines core topics in commercial law. It begins by examining the sale of goods contract, before proceeding to examine several important allied topics: money, payment and payment methods; credit, security and reservation of title; agency; and assignment.

Topics are likely to include:


1. Aspects of commercial contracting:


Freedom of contract and its restrictions

Agreed remedies

Interpretation of contracts

Pre-contractual duties and good faith

Privity of contract; multi-party transactions

Problems arising out of long-term contracts

Arbitration and international contracting


2. Aspects of commercial law:


Contracts for the sale of goods

Credit and security



Banking law: money, payment and payment methods


20 hours of lectures and 9 hours of classes in the MT. 20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of classes in the ST.

Formative coursework

Two formative essays per term.

Indicative reading

The principal textbooks for the course are: 

Chen-Wishart, Contract Law, 4th edn (OUP 2012)

McKendrick, Goode on Commercial Law, 4th edn (Penguin 2010)

Beale, Bishop and Furmston, Contract: Cases and Materials, 5th edn (OUP 2007)

Sealy and Hooley, Commercial Law: Text, Cases and Materials, 4th edn (OUP 2008)


Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours, reading time: 15 minutes) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2015/16: 73

Average class size 2015/16: 12

Capped 2015/16: Yes (80)

Lecture capture used 2015/16: Yes (MT & LT)

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills