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Unit information: Banking Law in 2016/17

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Unit name Banking Law
Unit code LAWD30090
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Miss. Powley
Open unit status Not open

Either LAWD10008 Law of Contract and LAWD10011 Law of Tort

or LAWD10007 Foundations of Business Law



School/department University of Bristol Law School
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


This unit seeks to develop an understanding of the law as it affects retail (ie not commercial) banking. The unit will cover the law and practice relating to current, savings and credit card accounts. This is a subject which is changing fast as a result of commercial and technological developments and the unit will consider the variety of mechanisms available to protect consumer interests when dealing with banks as well as major modern problems such as money laundering and card fraud.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this unit a successful student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the general principles of law and practice concerning customer’s rights in relation to their banks in the UK.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the applications of principles of contract, tort, restitution and property law in relation to banking
  • Bring together materials from case law, statutes and banking industry sources dealing with the topics presented in the unit and present them coherently.
  • Apply the knowledge acquired to factual scenarios
  • Produce reasoned writing based on the materials studied
  • Assess critically the extent to which the law achieves its policy objectives in practice.

Teaching details

20 one-hour lectures and 7 two-hour seminars.

Assessment Details

Formative assessment: students are required to do one, and may do two pieces of formative work.

Summative assessment: one three-hour closed book examination in May/June, in which students answer 4 questions from a choice of 8 questions.

The assessments will assess all of the intended learning outcomes for this unit.

Reading and References

E.P. Ellinger, et al, Ellinger's Modern Banking Law, 5th edn. (2011, Oxford University Press, Oxford). R. Cranston, Principles of Banking Law, 2nd edn. (2002, Clarendon Press, Oxford) (a new edition is promised)) Hudson, The Law of Finance, 2013.