Contract Law

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Whether drafting commercial contracts, IT contracts, software contracts, publishing contracts, e-contracts or commercial agency agreements, joint venture agreements or media and business contracts then our contract law list will provide you with all the tools and guidance you need.

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Recently Published and Soon to Publish Titles

The new third edition of Macdonald’s Exemption Clauses and Unfair Terms, due to publish early 2019, provides expert analysis of both the incorporation and construction of the key clauses and the relevant legislation. Fully revised and updated, the new third edition includes coverage of recent changes impacting on those working within contract law.

All of our contract law publications provide valuable advice and guidance to support the study and practice of others. Be sure to browse our most recent titles and soon to publish available below…

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Joint Ventures and Shareholders’ Agreements

Baffled by joint venture and shareholder agreements? Guidance on the new PSC Register is just one of the things that small businesses need to understand. Helping you to identify the central issues involved in joint venture transactions, take effective instructions and draft good documentation using precedents, case studies and checklists. Now covers: Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (including the official guidance on new register of Persons of Significant... Read more

A-Z Guide to Boilerplate and Commercial Clauses

Need help with contract clauses, but only got a few minutes? An alphabetical, quick-access guide to all you need to know: The purpose and effect of common clauses, explaining the relevance of each, with illustrative examples. Now covers: The meaning of: ‘Breach’ ‘Substantial’ and ‘material’ in clauses for termination ‘Beyond reasonable control’ in force majeure cases When a priority of terms clause will operate Whether rules applying to penalties also... Read more

Negotiating Software Contracts

With comprehensively updated content and up-to-the minute commentary, Negotiating Software Contracts (previous edition: Software Contracts) is the best way to keep abreast of current practice in software contract law – a must for all legal professionals and business advisers working in this area of rapid development and constant change. This book gives practitioners and business advisers a useful insight into the potential traps and pitfalls of software contract negotiation. Precedents... Read more

The A-Z of Contract Clauses

A master toolkit of contract clauses drafted by experts in copyright and contract. Thousands of clauses ready for you to use and adapt. Save time and effort when creating a new licence, option, assignment or agreement for services for a contributor; drafting heads of agreements; amending a contract a third party has sent you; or updating and amending your existing in-house contracts. Organised clearly by subject area, each main clause... Read more

Clark’s Publishing Agreements: A Book of Precedents

Clark’s Publishing Agreements has long been the ‘must have’ legal resource for the publishing industry. This comprehensive book provides 24 model agreements, from author agreements, to merchandising rights to online licensing to ebook distribution to text and data mining. It includes a “Legal Developments” introduction giving an overview of existing and forthcoming legislation (UK and international). It also covers new initiatives undertaken by the industry and acts as an essential... Read more

Commercial Agency Agreements: Law and Practice

Commercial Agency Agreements: Law and Practice, 4th edition looks at the standard commercial agency agreement where an agent is self-employed and paid a commission on sales he or she generates for the principal as it is those agents that fall within the Regulations. It addresses the drafting of such agreements as well as termination and compensation and includes examples of agency contracts and coverage of the majority of UK judgments.... Read more

Commercial Contracts and Trusts: the legal issues on making decisions

This is a topical area for the courts, which have moved to imply various limitations or tests on decision makers powers and when they can be challenged. This is made more difficult for lay users and lawyers alike in that implied restrictions are (by definition) not apparent from the words of the relevant contract itself. These limits are applied by the courts not just to fiduciaries (such as trustees or... Read more

Commercial Contracts: A Practical Guide to Standard Terms

Commercial Contracts: A Practical Guide to Standard Terms, Fifth Edition provides useful background and detailed advice on the law surrounding a wide range of commercial agreements including: Key common clauses; When to use standard terms; Procedures and good practice; Termination of contracts; Remedies for breach; Specific issues relating to export, software and consumer contracts. It also contains valuable precedents, including expert guidance on Business-to-Business and Business-to-Consumer agreements, providing users with... Read more

Spencer Bower: Reliance-Based Estoppel

Spencer Bower: Reliance-Based Estoppel, previously titled Estoppel by Representation, is the highly regarded and long established textbook on the doctrines of reliance-based estoppel, by which a party is prevented from changing his position if he has induced another to rely on it such that the other will suffer by that change. Since the fourth edition in 2003 the House of Lords has decided two proprietary estoppel cases, Cobbe v Yeoman’s... Read more

Technology Transfer

Technology Transfer covers the laws surrounding commercial transactions that involve the development, use of commercialisation of technology and associate intellectual property rights. Types of transactions that fall within this category are research and development contracts and intellectual property licences and these form the main focus of the book. Written by experts and describing the many different areas of law that affect technology agreements such as IP, contract law, competition law... Read more

The A-Z of Contract Clauses

In this high speed world, the ability to turn an agreement around quickly is a necessity for most busy lawyers. The A-Z of Contract Clauses, Sixth Edition is a master toolkit of contract clauses drafted by experts in copyright and contract. Thousands of clauses ready for you to use and adapt – Save time and effort when creating a new licence, option, assignment or agreement for services for a contributor;... Read more

Macdonald’s Exemption Clauses and Unfair Terms

An exemption clause is an agreement in a contract that stipulates that a party is limited or excluded from liability. A term is unfair if: – it’s contrary to good faith – it causes a significant imbalance in the rights and obligations of the parties to the detriment of the consumer. Exemption clauses and unfair terms can be used unfairly and, sometimes, disadvantage a party and their use is regulated.... Read more

Contract and Copyright Drafting Skills

Contract and Copyright Drafting Skills is a brand new title which will help you develop and create greater flexibility in your drafting skills. Using clear explanations and practical examples your ability to write clauses, draft, negotiate, analyse and review contracts will be enhanced. It is designed to be used in conjunction with your own precedent bank or alongside The A-Z of Contract Clauses, Sixth Edition. This title gives guidance on... Read more

The Complete A-Z of Contract Clauses Pack

The Complete A-Z of Contract Clauses Pack contains the following 2 volumes: Contract and Copyright Drafting Skills (9781780438238) and The A-Z of Contract Clauses, 6th edition + CD-ROM (9781780431963). Contract and Copyright Drafting Skills (9781780438238) Contract and Copyright Drafting Skills gives guidance on the variety of techniques that can be used including the significance of the purpose of the agreement and the focus of the outcome. In addition it covers... Read more

The Media and Business Contracts Handbook

The Media and Business Contracts Handbook, 5th edition is a master reference book combining a knowledge of contract, copyright and commercial practice to provide over 90 ready to use and adapt expertly drafted contracts, licences, acquisition, distribution, termination, buyout agreements and other documents and letters. It provides the tools for the user to construct a contract in a logical format and draft the terms in language that both parties can... Read more

Drafting and Negotiating Commercial Contracts

Drafting and Negotiating Commercial Contracts, Fourth Edition is the ‘one-stop-shop’ for practical contractual matters, making it essential reading for anyone involved in negotiating and drafting commercial contracts. This book includes: – A guide to the common legal issues in negotiating and drafting contracts – An explanation of the structure and content of a commercial contract – Good and bad practice in drafting (and in using clear, modern English) – The... Read more

Drafting and Negotiating IT Contracts

“The invaluable guidance to be found in this book…must surely engender a ‘must have’ reaction from anyone engaged in the IT contracting process.” Geoff Shingles, CBE (from the foreword to this edition) Drafting and Negotiating IT Contracts provides a perspective on IT contracts that is practical rather than academic, it contains an informed narrative designed to assist when negotiating a wide range of contracts, supported by an extensive collection of... Read more

Exemption Clauses and Unfair Terms

An in-depth, comprehensive, and totally updated guide to the legal issues relating to common exemption clauses, and the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999. The expert analysis covers both the incorporation and construction of the key clauses, the relevant legislation, plus the recent Law Commissions’ proposal for a single piece of unfair terms legislation. This indispensable information is presented in a clear and practical fashion enabling practitioners to quickly... Read more

Fraud and Breach of Warranty

Claims of fraud and breach of warranty are common following the purchase of a business. They often mix tort and breach of contract and may involve specialist aspects such as notification provisions and escrow mechanisms. This new title provides a practitioner’s guide to claims of fraud and breach of warranty from a leading commercial QC with great experience in this field. Key questions to be considered include: 1. When can... Read more