Contract Law

The details
Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
02 August 2019


Requisites for this module
LW108 or LW108
LW108 or LW108


LW201, LW224, LW241, LW242

Key module for

LLB M100 Law,
LLB M100MD Law,
LLB M100MS Law,
LLB M101 Law (Including Foundation Year),
LLB M107 Law (Including Placement Year),
LLB M120 Law (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MN00 Law with Business,
LLB MN01 Law with Business (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MN02 Law with Business (Including Placement Year),
LLB MN10 Law with Finance,
LLB MN11 Law with Finance (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MN12 Law with Finance (Including Placement Year)

Module description

This 15 credit module will introduce students to key aspects of contract law. It will build on knowledge acquired in the Foundation of the Law of Obligations module taught in the autumn term and will also serve as a bridge for other optional commercial law courses that students may wish to study in subsequent years.

Module aims

The module aims to introduce students to key aspects of contract law, to enable to students to understand and critically evaluate the relationship between key contract law rules and principles and to apply these to hypothetical legal problems.

Module learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module students will be able to:

1. Understand key aspects of contract law

2. Understand the relationship between key contract law rules and principles

3. Critically evaluate key contract law rules and principles

4. Identify legal issues in hypothetical case studies

5. Construct legal arguments

6. Apply contract rules and principles to hypothetical legal problems

7. Interpret statutory provisions and recognise their interplay with common law rules and principles of contract

Module information

Students will acquire the above knowledge and skills via a combination of lectures and tutorials, focusing around the following topics:

Terms of the Contract
- Express and implied terms
- Terms and representations

Vitiating Factors:
- Misrepresentation
- Mistake
- Duress
- Undue Influence
- Frustration

Control of Unfair Terms:
- Common Law
- Statutes

Damages for breach of contract:
- Basic principles of damages compensation
- Expectation, reliance and restitution damages
- Principles and rules for assessment of damages

Learning and teaching methods

Two one-hour lectures per week (the lectures are 50 minutes)
Four fortnightly seminars


  • Chen-Wishart, Mindy. (©2018) Contract law, Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
0% 100%


Coursework Exam
0% 100%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Nikhil Gokani, email: nikhil.gokani@essex.ac.uk.
Nikhil Gokani, Johanna Hoekstra and Ozan Kamiloglu
Law Admin Office: lawugadmin@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Ms Annette Marie Morris
Cardiff University
Reader in Law
Available via Moodle
Of 381 hours, 40 (10.5%) hours available to students:
341 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Law (School of)

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