Introduction to Contracts, 5th Edition
Gain a thorough understanding of the ins and outs of contract law with this newly updated edition of a classic textbook, written by a leading and well-respected academic.
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Written in plain English and updated to reflect the current state of the law, Introduction to Contracts, 5th Edition demystifies contract law without resorting to legalese, extensive and often confusing case analysis, and lengthy case citations. Ideal for law students as well as non-commercial lawyers, this book offers a big-picture overview of how contract law functions in Canada’s common law jurisdictions and how it relates to other areas of law, such as torts and restitution.
Accessible, Comprehensive and Up-To-Date
Divided into five sections, this resource starts with a general overview of contract law and then covers the lifecycle of a contract:
- The elements necessary for the formation of a contract
- The legal mechanism for the enforcement of the promises contained in the contract, including who can enforce them and how
- The content and discharge of the contract, including the categorization and analysis of the terms
- Reasons and ways to challenge or contest the contract, including a discussion of the possible results of doing so
- Remedies available when the obligations in the contract remain in place but are not performed by one of the parties
What's New In This Edition
- Addresses a number of recent Supreme Court of Canada decisions and the significant changes to the law on good faith and the duty of honest performance, unconscionability and intention to create legal relations
- The chapter on Frustration considers the possible impact of a pandemic on a contract
- The chapters on Determining the Terms of the Contract and on Illegality have been thoroughly revised
Who Should Read This Book
Introduction to Contracts, 5th Edition would be an extremely useful resource for anyone looking for a thorough yet easy-to-understand treatment of contract law in the common law jurisdictions of Canada, including contract and litigation lawyers, law students and paralegals.
Table of contents
PART I: FORMATION
CHAPTER 1: OFFER AND ACCEPTANCE
CHAPTER 2: CONSENSUS
CHAPTER 3: INTENTION TO CREATE LEGAL RELATIONS
CHAPTER 4: CERTAINTY
CHAPTER 5: ESTOPPEL IN CONTRACT FORMATION
PART II: ENFORCING PROMISES
CHAPTER 6: PRIVITY
CHAPTER 7: CONSDIERATION AND SEALED PROMISES: ENFORCING PROMISES THROUGH CONTRACT
CHAPTER 8: VARIATION AND ENFORCEMENT THROUGH NON-CONTRACT DOCTRINES: ESTOPPEL, ELECTION AND ABANDONMENT
PART III: THE CONTENT AND DISCHARGE OF THE CONTRACT
CHAPTER 9: DETERMINING THE TERMS OF THE CONTRACT
CHAPTER 10: CATEGORIZING TERMS
CHAPTER 11: DUTIES IMPOSED BY LAW
CHAPTER 12: STANDARD FORM CONTRACTS AND EXEMPTION CLAUSES
CHAPTER 13: DISCHARGE OF THE CONTRACT
PART IV: CONTESTING THE CONTRACT
CHAPTER 14: CAPACITY
CHAPTER 15: MISREPRESENTATION
CHAPTER 16: MISTAKE
CHAPTER 17: PROTECTION OF WEAKER PARTIES
CHAPTER 18: ILLEGALITY
CHAPTER 19: FRUSTRATION
CHAPTER 20: LIMITATION OF ACTIONS AND DELAY
CHAPTER 21: THE CONSEQUENCES OF SUCCESSFULLY CONTESTING THE CONTRACT: ELIMINATING OR LATERING THE CONTRACT
PART V: REMEDIES
CHAPTER 22: TERMINATION FOR BREACH
CHAPTER 23: DAMAGES AND OTHER MONEY CLAIMS
CHAPTER 24: EQUITABLE REMEDIES