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Introduction to Business Law

Introduction to Business Law

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Description
The law is a major component in a number of business roles. From marketing to operations management you will find that an understanding of basic legal principles is essential to your future success in business.
Introduction to Business Law provides you with a bespoke introduction to the law from a business perspective, guiding you from general principles of the English legal system to the specific aspects of contract law and everything in-between.
Written for business students in an engaging and accessible style and supported by a range of resources including first-hand accounts from business people, this book explains the law in a manner that relates directly to everyday business situations.
New to this edition you will find:
•  Coverage of changes brought about by the Equality Act 2010
•  Coverage of proposed reform to unfair dismissal law
•  Updated case law including coverage of recent decisions of the Supreme Court
   on issues relating to age discrimination, employer's insurance liability, and causation
•  Updated legislation and regulation coverage throughout.
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Contents
Part  I  The English Legal System
1. The Nature of English Law
    Introduction
    Learning Objectives
    What is Law?
    Nature of English Law
    Classification of Different Types of Laws
    Basic Terminology
    Summary Questions
 2. The Court System and Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Introduction
    Learning Objectives
    The English Court System
    Civil Disputes
    Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Basic Terminology
    Summary
3. Sources of English Law
    Introduction   
    Learning Objectives
    Legislation
    Custom
    Case Law
    European Union Law
    Institutions of the EU
    The European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental
    Freedoms and the Human Rights Act 1998
    Basic Terminology
    Summary
    Questions
Part  2  Contract Law
4. The Nature of the Agreement: Offer and Acceptance
    Introduction
    Learning Objectives
    Essentials of a Contract
    Issues in Contract Law
    The Offer
    Acceptance
    Basic Terminology
    Summary
    Questions
5. Intention, Capacity, Consideration, and Privity Introduction Learning Objectives
    Intention to Create Legal Relations
    Contractual Capacity
    Consideration
    Privity of Contract
    Basic Terminology
    Summary
    Questions
6. The Terms of a Contract Introduction
    Learning Objectives
    Pre-contractual Statements
    Contractual Terms
    Exemption Clauses
    Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977
    The Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999
    Contracts in Restraint of Trade
    Basic Terminology
    Summary
    Questions
7. Vitiating Factors
    Introduction
    Learning Objectives
    Misrepresentation
    Mistake
    Duress and Undue Influence
    Illegality
    Basic Terminology
    Summary
    Questions
8. Discharge of Contract and Contractual Remedies
    Introduction
    Learning Objectives
    Discharge of a Contract
    Remedies for Breach of Contract
    Basic Terminology
    Summary
    Questions
9. The Law of Agency
    Introduction
    Learning Objectives
    Definition of Agency
    The Creation of Agency
    Authority of an Agent
    Rights and Duties
    Relationship between Agent, Principal, and Third Party
    Termination of Agency
    Types of Agents
    Basic Terminology
    Summary
    Questions
10. The Sale of Goods and Supply of Services
     The Sale of Goods
     Terms Implied into Contracts by the Sale of Goods Act 1979
     Passing of Property (Title) in Goods from Seller to Buyer
     Duties of the Parties of Contract for Sale of Goods
     Remedies of the Buyer and Seller for Breach of Contract
     Terms Implied into Other Contracts
     Basic Terminology
     Summary
Part 3 Tort Law
11. The Tort of Negligence
     Distinction between the Law of Torts and Criminal Law
     Distinction between the Law of Torts and Contract Law
     The Tort of Negligence
     Element 1: Duty of Care
     Element 2: The Defendant Broke his Duty of Care
     Element 3: The Claimant Suffered Loss or Damage as a Result of the Defendant's Breach of Duty
     Basic Terminology
     Summary
     Questions
12. Product Liability, Defective Premises, Interference with Land, and Defences
     Introduction
     Learning Objectives
     Liability for Defective Products
     Occupiers' Liability
     Trespass to Land
     Private Nuisance
     Public Nuisance
     The Rule in Rylands v Fletcher
     General Defences in Tort
     Vicarious Liability
     Basic Terminology
     Summary
     Questions
Part 4 Employment Law
13. The Contract of Employment and its Termination
     Issues in Employment Law
     Employment Status
     Implied Terms
     Termination of Contract
     Statutory Notice Periods
     Types of Dismissal Claim
     Redundancy
     Basic Terminology
     Summary
     Questions
14. Discrimination and Health and Safety Discrimination Law
      Protected Characteristics
      Prohibited Conduct
      Positive Action
      Health and Safety
      Civil Law
      Basic Terminology
      Summary
Part 5 The Structure & Management Of A Business
15. Business Organisations
      Unincorporated and Incorporated Business Organisations
      Partnerships
      Limited Partnerships
      Limited Liability Partnerships
      Companies
      Basic Terminology
      Summary
      Questions
16. Company Law I Formation and Finance
      Setting Up a Company
      The Constitutional Documents of a Company under the Companies Act 2006
      Financing a Company
      Basic Terminology
      Summary
      Questions
17. Company Law II Company Officers and Liabilities 
      Directors
      Company Secretary
      Company Auditors
      Basic Terminology
      Summary
      Questions
18. Company Law III Company Meetings, Shareholder Protection, and Liquidation of Companies
     Company Meetings
     Resolutions
     Protection of Minority Shareholders
     Insider Dealing and Market Abuse
     Winding Up a Company
     Basic Terminology
     Summary
     Questions
Part 6 Study Skills & Revision Advice
19. Study Skills
     Managing and Organising your Study Time
     Lectures and Seminars/Tutorials
     Taking Effective Notes
     Locating Case Reports and Statutes
     Preparing for Examinations
     Index
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Author Details
Lucy Jones is
a Principal Lecturer in Law at Brighton University and a qualified solicitor. In addition to delivering law modules to undergraduate and postgraduate law students, Lucy has extensive experience in teaching and supervising business law to business, finance, and accounting students.
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