Book Review: The Contracts Handbook – A Practical Guide to Reviewing, Revising and Negotiating Commercial Contracts

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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.)

 

 

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