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The leading reference work on contract law in the Common Law world. Chitty offers guidance to the whole range of contract law as practiced in the UK.

  • Provides coverage of all relevant legislation and a huge depth of case reference
  • Presents complete coverage of the law of contract, incorporating extensive reference to relevant legislation and recent case law
  • Contains interpretation and analysis of general legislation since the last edition
  • Provides an in-depth examination of actions arising in contract law, including exclusion clauses, estoppel, illegality and public policy, mistake, misrepresentation and non-disclosure, breach of performance
  • Covers the formation of contract as it effects the Agreement; Consideration, Form, Mistake; Misrepresentation and Duress and Undue Influence
  • Treats in detail the Capacity of parties Analyses and comments on the terms of the contract relating to Express and Implied Terms
  • Exemption Clauses; Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts; and Arbitration Clauses
  • Examines Illegality and Public Policy
  • Under Joint obligations covers in detail the law of contract relating to Third Parties, Assignment, Death and Bankruptcy
  • Examines and analyses contract law in relation to performance and discharge, covering Discharge by Agreement; by Frustration; by Breach
  • Studies remedies for breach of contract, including damages and limitations of actions
  • Discusses Restitution in relation to contract law
  • Analyses conflict of laws as if affects contract law
  • Deals individually with contracts in the following areas of law: agency, arbitration, bailment, bills of exchange and banking, building contracts, carriage by air, carriage by land, construction, credit and security, employment, gaming and wagering, insurance, restrictive agreements and covenants, sale of goods and suretyship
  • Offers interpretation and advice on the law when disputes arise, or when technical areas need clarification, and when responsibilities, obligations and entitlements need to be established

New developments include:

  • An expanded chapter on Restrictive Agreements and Competition
  • Changes to make the contents of Chitty more accessible to readers. These include: subdividing chapter 1 into three chapters, one of which is devoted to Fundamental Principles of Contract Law and includes an extensive discussion of good faith; moving the discussion of Force Majeure clauses to the chapter on Frustration; adding a new section on Joint Creditors and an expanded account of Novation; revising, expanding and in some cases renaming several chapters, including the chapter that is now called Termination for Breach.
  • An updated account of the effects of Brexit on contracts, and the implications of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement
  • Cabinet Office Guidance on responsible contractual behaviour in the performance and enforcement of contracts impacted by the Covid-19 emergency
Key new case law covered:

Implied terms in “relational contracts”Bates v Post Office Ltd (No.3: Common Issues); Morley v Royal Bank of Scotland (CA)
Formation: Wells v Devani (SC)
Rectification: FSHC Group Holdings Ltd v GLAS Trust Corporation Ltd (CA)
Public authorities: School Facility Management Limited v Governing Body of Christ the King College
Misrepresentation: BV Nederlandse Industrie Van Eiprodukten v Rembrandt Enterprises Inc (CA)
Duress: Times Travel (UK) Ltd v Pakistan International Airlines Corp (CA); Ukraine v Law Debenture Trust Corp Plc (CA)
Illegality: Okedina v Chikale (CA); Singularis Holdings Ltd v Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Ltd (SC); Stoffel & Co v Grondona (SC)
Restraint of trade: Tilman v Egon Zehnder Ltd, Peninsula Securities Ltd v Dunnes Stores (Bangor) Ltd (SC)
Assignment: Business Contract Terms (Assignment of Receivables) Regulations 2018
Frustration: Canary Wharf (BP4) T1 Ltd v European Medicines Agency
Restitution: Skandinavaskia Enskilda Banken v Conway (PC); Barton v Gwyn-Jones (CA); Samsoondar v Capital Insurance Co Ltd (PC); Test Claimants of the FII Group Litigation v Revenue and Customs Commissioners (SC)
Consumer contracts: Jones v Roundlistic Ltd Credit: Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space Moratorium and Mental Health Crisis Moratorium) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020, SI 2020/1311
Employment: Harpur Trust v Brazel (CA); Addison Lee Ltd v Lange; O’Brien v Department of Constitutional Affairs (SC); Uber v Aslam (SC); Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake (SC)

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