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Unit information: Commercial Law in 2019/20

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Unit name Commercial Law
Unit code LAWD30028
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Mark Campbell
Open unit status Not open

Law of Contract



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


The unit will cover: foundations of commercial law; theoretical foundations; contractual interpretation; good faith; topics in the law of agency; personal property law; bailment; introduction to the sale of goods; problems in domestic sales I - passing of property and risk; problems in domestic sales II - remedies; international sale of goods - cif and fob contracts; financing of international trade.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how basic concepts learnt in contract law and personal property law apply to the range of commercial circumstances
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of case analysis, statutory interpretation and academic opinion in the determination of commercial disputes
  • Demonstrate skills in legal reasoning and critical analysis.

Teaching details

20 lectures and 7 two-hour seminars

Assessment Details

1 x formative assessment (submitted for marking), plus additional informal formative feedback opportunities as indicated by the unit coordinator.

Formative assessments do not count towards final mark and can be optional.

1 x summative assessment: 1 x 3 hour exam in the Summer Exam Period. Summative assessments do count towards final mark.

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

Reading and References

The core text for the unit is MA Clarke, RJA Hooley, et al, Commercial Law: Text, Cases and Materials (5th edn, OUP 2017) and is especially useful as a starting point for your seminar preparation. Ewan McKendrick (ed), Goode on Commercial Law (5th edn, Penguin 2017) may also be a useful resource for parts of the unit. Reading lists for seminars will be contained in the unit guide available to students taking the unit, and will contain a mix of primary sources (mostly case law) and secondary sources.