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Unit information: Commercial Law in 2015/16

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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. Butler
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; contract structures; theoretical foundations; codification; topics in the law of agency; problems in domestic sales I - bulk goods; problems in domestic sales II - retention of title; international sale of goods - cif and fob contracts; financing of international trade; assignment and receivables financing; commercial credit and security - real security and personal security.

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

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

Summative assessment: the unit will be assessed by a 3 hour examination.

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

Reading and References

For many parts of this unit, you may find Sealy and Hooley, Commercial Law – Text, Cases and Materials (latest edition) especially useful in providing the formative basis for your seminar preparation. Other recommended texts include McKendrick (ed), Goode on Commercial Law (latest edition).