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Unit information: Commercial Law in 2020/21

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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

LAWD10008 Law of Contract



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


Commercial law is concerned with the private law aspects of transactions involving the supply of goods or services from one business to another. With that in mind, the unit will focus on the following topics.

  • Contractual interpretation and the role of good faith in commercial contracts
  • Agency
  • Personal property law and bailment
  • Sale of goods: passing of property and risk
  • Sale of goods: remedies
  • International sales contracts (CIF and FOB)
  • Documentary credits

The bulk of the primary legal sources referred to during the unit will be common law (i.e. case law) authorities, the major exception being the Sale of Goods 1979.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Explain the ways in which key contractual and personal property law principles can be relevant to a commercial transaction governed by English law.
  • Describe and analyse legal rules and principles (both common law and statutory) that underpin commercial transactions
  • Develop and defend an argument in relation to the interpretation and/or application of commercial law materials.
  • Apply legal rules and principles from the case law and/or statutory provisions to complex problem scenarios.
  • Offer a critical appraisal of relevant aspects of English commercial law, including proposals for reform or development of the law.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a variety of asynchronous and synchronous activities

Assessment Details

1 x summative assessment: Timed Open Book Assessment with a specified word count (100%)

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

Reading and References

  • MA Clarke, RJA Hooley, et al, Commercial Law: Text, Cases and Materials (5th edn, OUP 2017)
  • Eric Baskind, Greg Osborne and Lee Roach, Commercial Law (3rd edn, OUP 2019)
  • Ewan McKendrick (ed), Goode on Commercial Law (5th edn, Penguin 2017)

Reading lists for the seminars will be contained in the unit guide and will contain a mix of primary sources (mostly case law) and secondary sources.