Chitty on Contracts 35th ed: Volumes 1 & 2

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Edited by: Hugh Beale

ISBN13: 9780414117402
Previous Edition ISBN: 9780414107434
Published: November 2023
Publisher: Sweet & Maxwell Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback, 2 Volumes


The leading reference work on contract law in the Common Law world. Chitty offers guidance to the whole range of contract law as practiced in the UK.

  • Provides coverage of all relevant legislation and a huge depth of case reference
  • Presents complete coverage of the law of contract, incorporating extensive reference to relevant legislation and recent case law
  • Contains interpretation and analysis of general legislation since the last edition
  • Provides an in-depth examination of actions arising in contract law, including exclusion clauses, estoppel, illegality and public policy, mistake, misrepresentation and non-disclosure, breach of performance
  • Covers the formation of contract as it effects the Agreement; Consideration, Form, Mistake; Misrepresentation and Duress and Undue Influence
  • Treats in detail the Capacity of parties
  • Analyses and comments on the terms of the contract relating to Express and Implied Terms;
  • Exemption Clauses; Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts; and Arbitration Clauses
  • Examines Illegality and Public Policy
  • Under Joint obligations covers in detail the law of contract relating to Third Parties, Assignment, Death and Bankruptcy
  • Examines and analyses contract law in relation to performance and discharge, covering Discharge by Agreement; by Frustration; by Breach
  • Studies remedies for breach of contract, including damages and limitations of actions
  • Discusses Restitution in relation to contract law
  • Analyses conflict of laws as if affects contract law
  • Deals individually with contracts in the following areas of law: agency, arbitration, bailment, bills of exchange and banking, building contracts, carriage by air, carriage by land, construction, credit and security, employment, gaming and wagering, insurance, restrictive agreements and covenants, sale of goods and suretyship
  • Offers interpretation and advice on the law when disputes arise, or when technical areas need clarification, and when responsibilities, obligations and entitlements need to be established


In this 35th edition of Chitty on Contracts, the editors have not only brought the account of the law up to date but have expanded its coverage and have sought to make it more accessible:

  • The Chapter on Consideration has been split into two: Chapter 6 now deals with the doctrine of consideration itself and the new Chapter 7 (Estoppel) contains a separate and fuller account of the various kinds of estoppel, some of which can provide a substitute for consideration.
  • Chapter 18 (Exemption Clauses) contains a new and detailed explanation of the case law on “reasonableness” under the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977.
  • Chapter 19 (Illegality and Public Policy) has been reorganised and expanded in the light of cases on the effects of illegality following the decision of the Supreme Court in Patel v Mirza.
  • Chapter 24 (Death and Bankruptcy) contains an expanded section on the effects of personal insolvency on contracts and a new section on the effects of corporate Insolvency.
  • Chapter 46 (Restrictive Agreements and Competition) has been revised and reorganised in the light of Brexit, to focus on the competition law of the United Kingdom, though with copious references to the case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union where that remains relevant in interpreting and applying UK competition law.


All developments in relevant legislation and case law that were available up to 31st July 2023 have been included, and some later cases. The new legislation covered includes:

  • Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Act 2023
  • Building Safety Act 2022
  • Electronic Trade Documents Act 2024
  • Financial Services and Markets Act 2023
  • Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill 2023
  • Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (replacement of workers on strike).


The new edition contains too many new cases to list them all here, but the following are worth mentioning:

  • Umbrella Interchange Fee Claimants v Umbrella Interchange Fee Defendants, Walter Hugh Merricks CBE v Mastercard Inc (Volvo Limitation) (“retained” EU law, limitation period for events before IP completion day, application of CJEU judgment after IP completion day)
  • Barton v Morris (SC) (incomplete agreement);
  • Guest v Guest (SC)
  • SK Shipping Europe Plc v Capital VLCC 3 Corp (CA) (Misrepresentation Act 1967 s2(2))
  • Law Debenture Trust Corporation plc v Ukraine (SC) (Duress);
  • SR Projects Ltd v Rampersad (PC) (effect of exceeding borrowing limits)
  • Benyatov v Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Ltd (CA) (agent’s right to indemnity)
  • The Claimants in the Royal Mail Group Litigation v Royal Mail Group Limited (CA)
  • Philipp v Barclays Bank UK Plc (SC)
  • Oxford University Innovation Ltd v Oxford Nanoimaging Ltd, Payward, Inc v Chechetkin and Eternity Sky Investments Ltd v Zhang (“consumer”; unfair contract terms)


Volume 1
Part 1 Introduction
1. Contract Law and "Contracts"
2. Fundamental Principles of Contract Law
3. Contract Law and other Legal Categories
Part 2 Formation of Contract
4. The Agreement
5. Mistakes as to Terms and Identity
6. Consideration
7. Estoppel
8. Form
9. Common Mistake
Part 3 Grounds for Avoidance
10. Misrepresentation
11. Duress and Undue Influence
Part 4 Capacity of Parties
12. Personal Incapacity
13. Corporations and Unincorporated
14. The Crown and Public Authorities
15. Political Immunity and Incapacity
Part 5 The Terms of Contract
16. Express Terms
17. Implied Terms
18. Exemption Clauses
Part 6 Illegality and Public Policy
19. Illegality and Public Policy
Part 7 Joint Obligations, Third Parties, Agency and Assignment
20. Joint Obligations
21. Third Parties
22. Agency
23. Assignment and Novation
24. Death and Bankruptcy
Part 8 Performance and Discharge
25. Performance
26. Discharge by Agreement, Variation and Waiver
27. Discharge by Frustration and Force Majeure Clauses
28. Termination for Breach
29. Other Modes of Discharge
Part 9 Remedies for Breach of Contract
30. Damages
31. Action for an Agreed Sum, Specific Performance and Injunction
32. Limitation of Actions
Part 10 Restitution
33. Restitution
Part 11 Conflict of Laws
34. Conflict of Laws
Volume 2
35. Arbitration
36. Bailment
37. Bills of Exchange and Banking
38. Carriage by Air
39. Carriage by Land
40. Construction Contracts
41. Consumer Contracts
42. Credit and Security
43. Employment
44. Gambling Contracts
45. Insurance
46. Restrictive Agreements and Competition
47. Sale of Goods
48. Suretyship

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