Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
GF10110/LA10110/LA30110/GF30110 or LA15710 and GF15830/LA15830/LA35830
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 16 Hours. 2 x 1 hour lectures per week.
Seminars / Tutorials 3 Hours. 3 x 1 hour seminars.


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Exam  Candidates are not permitted to bring any books, notes or any other materials into the examination.  100%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   Exam  Candidates are not permitted to bring any books, notes or any other materials into the examination.  100%

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the module students will have acquired a working knowledge of those particular aspects of commercial law selected for detailed study in the semester. Students will accordingly be encouraged to analyse and solve problems on a range of situations within those areas of law studied and will have acquired an appreciation of the interaction between commercial practice and commercial law.

Brief description

Commercial law forms much of the background against which society functions. It is essential to the operation of the business world. However the legal aspects of transactions are not always at the forefront of the minds of those entering into them or carrying them through. Legal rules may not be considered until one side finds that something has gone wrong and a legal remedy is required. In this Commercial Law Module agency law and insurance contract law is examined from the perspective as to how they facilitate trade through pragmatic legal rules, balancing the need for certainty with the requirement of flexibility to accommodate business needs. From this rather orthodox approach to the subject, Commercial & Risk moves on to examine how some of the existing commercial-legal certainties are challenged in new environments such as the Internet, as well as the various attempts and strategies of businesses and law-makers to rise to some of these challenges. A theme which runs through the topics is that of risks, what types of risks businesses or consumers vis-a-vis businesses face and to what extent the law and regulation does, can or should deal with these risks or at least play a complementary role in reducing them.


This module aims to introduce students to selected aspects of commercial law (other than those considered in LA 31710), as well as the commercial environment within which commercial law develops.


The course is taught by lectures and seminars. It is intended that the lectures will introduce the student to the essential elements of the subject and encourage the further development of the student's understanding of the functioning of the common law. Seminars should then build upon the lectures and the student's own reading. Seminars are intended to further develop the student's ability to analyse problems and present a reasoned argument.


1. Agency Law
2. Insurance Contract Law
3. Some Aspects of E-Commerce

Reading List

Recommended Text
Bradgate, Robert. (2009) Commercial Law Oxford University Press Primo search Sealy, L. S. (2009) Commercial Law: text, cases, and materials 4th ed. Oxford University Press Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6