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School of Law

Commercial Law

Course Code:
Unit value:
Year of study:
Year 3 of 3 or Year 4 of 4
Taught in:
Full Year


BA law students will need permission from the course convenor which will only be granted if the student has sufficient grounding in English law. JYA students may not take this course.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

  • To provide a sound foundation of knowledge of English commercial law; and
  • To help the understanding of issues in the future developments of commercial law.

Scope and syllabus

The course will provide a sound foundation of knowledge of English commercial law, which forms the basis of commercial law in many other jurisdictions in the world. It also helps the understanding of issues in the past and future development of this area of the law.

The course covers a selection of the main topics of English commercial law with a particular focus on the law relating to the sale of goods and related other areas of the law. The list of topics may vary from year to year, and may include topics not included in this list:

  • The history and future of Commercial Law;
  • Agency;
  • Bailment;
  • Basic concepts of personal property;
  • The sale and purchase of Goods;
  • Bills of Exchange;
  • Bills of Lading;
  • Letters of Credit;
  • Financing.

Method of assessment

  • Unseen written exam: 100%

Suggested reading

  • Goode on Commercial Law, Chapter 1-The Nature and Sources of Law, pp 3-24 (Penguin Reference, 2010)
  • Sealy and Hooley, Commercial Law, Text, Cases and Materials, Chapter 1-An¬†Introduction to Commercial Law, pp 1-54 (OUP, 2009)

These chapters are from the two recommended books for the course. The chapters overlap but it is worth reading both.