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Landmark Cases in the Law of Contract

Editor(s): Charles Mitchell, Paul Mitchell
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Published: 21-01-2016
Format: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 392
ISBN: 9781509905041
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Landmark Cases
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
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About Landmark Cases in the Law of Contract

Landmark Cases in the Law of Contract offers twelve original essays by leading contract scholars. As with the essays in the companion volumes in this series, each essay takes as its focus a particular leading case, and analyses that case in its historical or theoretical context. The cases range from the early eighteenth- to the late twentieth-centuries, and deal with an array of contractual doctrines. Some of the essays call for their case to be stripped of its landmark status, whilst others argue that it has more to offer than we have previously appreciated. The particular historical context of these landmark cases, as revealed by the authors, often shows that our current assumptions about the case and what it stands for are either mistaken, or require radical modification. The book also explores several common themes which are fundamental to the development of the law of contract: for instance, the influence of commercial expectations, appeals to 'reason' and the significance of particular judicial ideologies and techniques.

Table Of Contents

1 Coggs v Barnard (1703) DAVID IBBETSON
2 Pillans v Van Mierop (1765) GERARD MCMEEL
3 Carter v Boehm (1766) STEPHEN WATTERSON
4 Da Costa v Jones (1778) WARREN SWAIN
5 Hochster v De La Tour (1853) PAUL MITCHELL
6 Taylor v Caldwell (1863) CATHARINE MACMILLAN
7 Smith v Hughes (1871) JOHN PHILLIPS
8 Foakes v Beer (1884) MICHAEL LOBBAN
9 Hongkong Fir Shipping Co v Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd, The Hongkong Fir (1961) DONAL NOLAN
10 Suisse Atlantique Société d'Armament SA v NV Rotterdamsche Kolen Centrale (1966) ROGER BROWNSWORD
11 Reardon Smith Lines Ltd v Yngvar Hansen-Tangen, The Diana Prosperity (1976) MICHAEL BRIDGE
12 Johnson v Agnew (1979) CHARLES MITCHELL


“The work presents a refreshing take on the cases examined.” –  Anthony Lo Surdo, Australian Banking and Finance Law Bulletin

“Landmark Cases in the Law of Contract is a worthwhile collection of essays to have in any library, private or public…one is kept in suspense over the nature of the essay about to be encountered, and the delightful spread ranges from the historical to the doctrinal to the theoretical-more than enough to satisfy anyone interested in the law of contract generally or specifically.” –  Goh Yihan, Singapore Journal of Legal Studies

“...the particular interest of the essays lies in the background historical, legal, economic and social material which the authors uncover. That a case is a landmark would, one might think, mean that it had received so much attention that there is not much new to say about it. But this is far from being so, and the fascinating background material provided in the book is almost always an intriguing pleasure to read.” –  David Campbell, Journal of Legal History

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