This new edition provides a clear and comprehensive account of the legal principles and doctrines that come into play whenever parties disagree about the meaning and effect of contractual words. It is particularly useful for solicitors and barristers litigating disputes in the fields of commercial, corporate, banking, financial services and property law. The common law principles and techniques of construction have recently come to greater prominence as judges seek to modernise the approach to the interpretation of contractual instruments. This work provides a comprehensive account of the principles involved, focusing on the practitioners' needs, tackling modernisation head on and equipping readers with the necessary means to avoid pitfalls in contractual provisions. The coverage extends to related rules and doctrines, including rectification and implication of terms, and consideration of the status of the controversial 'parol evidence rule.' The book also considers the nature of effect of particular types of contractual provision, including warranties and indemnities, exemption clauses, force majeure clauses and entire agreement clauses.
Content new to this edition includes coverage of additional clauses such as retention of title, time and payment clauses, as well as an examination of the relationship between the rules for the interpretation of contracts and statutory interpretation.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 864
Weight: 1625 g
Dimensions: 253 x 181 x 52 mm
Edition: 2nd Revised edition
The appearance of a second edition of Gerald McMeel's book is a welcome reminder of how useful it is. Containing a lot of insightful material on general contract law, I found the discussion invaluable * Professor Michael Furmston, Dean, School of Law and Professor of Law, Singapore Management University *
It is a thoroughly impressive text and one which I hope will be regularly updated over the years to come. If it is, it will continue to become a favourite for all lawyers and, no doubt, aide judges tackling difficult commercial cases. * The Student Law Journal *
A reflective and scholarly treatment of the principles and policies underlying the construction of contracts and related doctrines"; "an incisive analysis of the development of doctrine * Review of previous edition, Peter McDonald Eggars QC  Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law 411 *
..academic interest in the subject has increased markedly in recent years and there are now some excellent new books on the subject: see, for example, Gerard McMeel, The Construction of Contracts: Interpretation, Implication and Rectification (2007) * Review of previous edition, Professor David McLauchlan, (2009) 31 Sydney LR 5 *