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Module Reading List

Business and the Legal Environment, 2021/22, Semester 1, 2
Janet Feather-Moore
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Core text choices

Please select one of the core texts for this module. Choose the book that suits your learning style better, there is a lot of reading to keep up with throughout the course so you will find it helpful to purchase your own copy of one of these texts. 

'Business Law' by MacIntyre is very detailed and comprehensive (regardless of which text you buy, you will definitely need to refer to this one in preparation for your coursework). However this book does not contain very much by way of context. If you want more insight into how the topics we cover connect to real business life I'd recommend using 'Business Law' by Marson and Ferris. This book has more links to business issues; with, for example, sections exploring why it is relevant to understand the law in a particular area. Sometimes however there isn't quite enough depth and some topics aren't covered so you will need to use MacIntyre or one of the specialist texts below to supplement your reading in preparation of your coursework.  A new text has come out this year 'Law for Business Students' by Adams, Caplan and Lockwood, it is a new edition of an existing book and this edition looks to be much improved. It contains useful real life examples and although it is written in an accessible tone, provides a good degree of depth. 

MacIntyre, E. (2018).  Business law 9/e. Harlow, England: Pearson.


Marson, J. and Ferris, K. (2018). Business law 5 /e. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 


Adams, A., Caplan, S. and Lockwood, G. (2020) Law for Business Students. Harlow, England: Pearson. .   


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Useful for reference: Dictionary

There is no need to buy a legal dictionary. 

Martin and Law (Eds) (2018).  Oxford dictionary of lawOxford: Oxford University Press.

Lots of words and phrases that we use on this module have a specific legal meaning. A legal dictionary is a useful reference point to identify these specific meanings and might be particularly useful for international students. Legal dictionaries are not permitted in the exam.


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Other reading: specialist texts on the discrete topics covered by this course

Allbon, E., Sanmeet, K.D., and Elliott, C. (2019). Elliot and Quinn's English legal system 20/e. Harlow, England: Pearson.   

Kershaw, D. (2012). Company law in context: text and materials 2/e. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Herring, J. (2018).  Criminal Law: Text, Cases, and Materials   8/e. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

Elliott, C. and Quinn, F. (2017).  Contract law 11/e. Harlow, England: Pearson. 

Cooke, J. (2017). Law of tort 13/e. Harlow, England:Pearson.

Elliott C and Quinn F (2017). Tort law 11/e. Harlow, England:Pearson.  

Woodroffe, G., Twigg-Flesner, C., & Willett, C. (2016). Woodroffe and Lowe consumer law and practice 10/e. London: Sweet and Maxwell.  


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Other reading: brief/revision texts

Sweet and Maxwell - Nutshells 

Bermingham, V., & Watson, S. (2014). Tort 10/e. London: Sweet & Maxwell.  

Darbyshire, P. (2016). English legal system in a nutshell 10/e. London: Sweet & Maxwell.  

Ruff, A. (2014).  Contract law 7/e. London: Sweet & Maxwell.  

Oxford - 'Concentrate!' series

Marson, J., & Ferris, K. (2016). Business law: law revision and study guide 3/e. Oxford: Oxford University Press.     

Pearson - Law express 

Fafinski, S., & Finch, E. (2013). Contract law 3/e Harlow: Pearson.

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Online course readings

Finch, E., (2009) Chapter 14: 'Answering problem questions'. FROM: Finch, Emily, Legal skills. pp.331-353. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE

This list was last updated on 26/09/2021