Business Law

Ewan MacIntyre  
May 2014
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'Excellent, practical, inspirational, fun, absorbing, modern' Val Baker, Teaching Fellow, University of Reading


'Business Law’s strengths are its clarity, accuracy, analytical nature, and the fact that all selected cases, examples and explanations are clearly related and of relevance to practical business scenarios, whilst retaining the interest of the student reader throughout.'

Terry Shaw, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Chester


Whether you are a budding entrepreneur or aim to be a CEO, MacIntyre’s Business Law is the foremost text for non-law students seeking an understanding of the legal principles that apply to business. Each chapter begins with a clear outline of the topics to be covered, helping you break your learning down into manageable sections and fully grasp all aspects of the subject confidently. In addition, the text also offers questions to test your understanding, key points to guide your learning and tasks to help you apply what you have learned to business situations.


Highly regarded for its comprehensive coverage, Business Law continues to provide you with an extensive and detailed guide to all aspects of law encountered in the business world. This seventh edition is fully updated with all recent changes and developments in the law.



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·  Test your understanding questions are throughout the chapters to test the students’ knowledge along the way

·  Key points identify the essential points

·  Summary questions and multiple choice questions test students’ understanding at the end of each chapter

·  Key points guide students’ learning

·  Case summaries highlight the essential points of a case

·  Tasks allow students to relate and apply what they have learned to business examples

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The legal system

Chapter 2. The courts and legal personnel

Chapter 3. Formation of contracts - offer and acceptance

Chapter 4. Other requirements of a contract - intention to create legal relations - consideration - formalities - capacity

Chapter 5. Contractual terms

Chapter 6. Misrepresentation - mistake - duress and undue influence - illegality

Chapter 7. Discharge of liability - remedies for breach of contract

Chapter 8. Terms implied by statute

Chapter 9. Sale of goods - the passing of ownership

Chapter 10. Sale of goods - the duties of the parties - remedies - international sales

Chapter 11. Agency

Chapter 12. The law of torts 1

Chapter 13. The law of torts 2

Chapter 14. Credit transactions

Chapter 15. Partnership

Chapter 16. The nature of a company and the formation of a company

Chapter 17. The management of a company

Chapter 18. Shareholders - resolutions - maintenance of capital - minority protection - debentures

Chapter 19. Winding up of companies - limited liability partnerships - benefits of trading as a company, partnership or limited liability partnership

Chapter 20. Employment 1 - duties of employer and employee - dismissal - redundancy

Chapter 21. Employment 2 - discrimination - health and safety - rights of employees

Chapter 22. Regulation of business by the imposition of criminal liability

Chapter 23. Business property

Appendix - answers to test your understanding questions


Ewan MacIntyre is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Nottingham Law School, and has extensive experience of teaching business law. He is the author of the successful textbook, Essentials of Business Law, and of Law Express: Business Law both published by Pearson.