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LL202: Commercial Law

Session: One
Prerequisites: Introduction to legal methods or equivalent

Professor Michael Bridge
Dr Jo Braithwaite
Professor Michael Lobban
Dr Solène Rowan
Mr Joseph Spooner

The course provides an introduction to English/common law commercial law as a whole and focuses on some important aspects. It commences with the basic common law principles governing commercial contracts, including the topic of pre-contractual duties and remedies for breach of contract. 

The course then considers particular types of transactions in their commercial context including sales, credit and security, syndicated loans, derivatives, multi-party projects, and banking transactions. Aspects of commercial litigation including arbitration will also be considered. These examples are chosen to illustrate the commercial and practical problems arising in different market sectors. A consideration of these paradigms enables an exploration of a wide range of basic principles of law involving contract law, tort law, restitution, and commercial law. 

The objectives of the course are that students will become familiar with these basic principles of law, so that they can apply them to a wide range of commercial transactions, in the light of the policy objectives which legal regulation pursues, and with an understanding of the context of commercial transactions in which the law operates.



Reference Texts:

M. Chen-Wishart, Contract Law, 4th edn (2012) (Abbreviation Chen-Wishart)

R. Goode, Commercial Law, 4th edition, London, Penguin (2010) (Abbreviation: Goode)

H. Beale, W. Bishop, M. Furmston, Contract: Cases and Materials, 5th edn (Oxford, OUP, 2007)  (Abbreviation BBF)

Lectures: 36 hours    Classes: 12 hours
Assessment: Written work and one written examination