In “The Contracts Handbook: A practical Guide to Reviewing, Revising, and Negotiating Commercial Contracts”, Margaret Kerr explains contracts in simple terms. An excerpt of the book can be found here: The Contracts Handbook.
Most contract textbooks are written with the litigator in mind. Instead, this textbook is written for those that negotiate and draft contracts.
The textbook contains:
- explanations of what makes a contract legally enforceable,
- the significance of common clauses and when to use them,
- how to amend an existing agreement,
- a useful checklist for preparing a contract, and
- sample contracts.
Kerr rightly points out that most contract textbooks do not contain a sample contract. A law student could easily study contract law for an entire year without reading a full contact.
Kerr writes that “textbooks are awash in Hail Mary Pass case law generated by litigators clutching at the hope of winning a dismal case… This book will instead set out the straight and narrow path, a conservative and safe statement of Canadian contract law…” Kerr accomplishes this goal.
I highly recommend this book to contract law students who want to supplement their assigned readings and to non-lawyers that engage in contract negotiations and preparation.
(Views are my own and do not represent the views of any organization.)