English Private Law (epub)



Andrew Burrows,  FBA, QC (Hon), Professor of the Law of England, University of Oxford, Fellow of All Souls College, Barrister and Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple

Key Features

  • A unique reference work covering the whole of English private law in one single portable volume
  • Concise, yet lucid and authoritative coverage, which makes it the ideal starting point for reference and research
  • Written and edited by acknowledged experts on English law, offering proven reliability
  • The ideal quick reference for practitioners to fall back on when a client raises a point outside their normal area of expertise, as well as for academics, and practitioners overseas who want a one stop resource on English law
  • Thoroughly revised with a number of new leading authors to ensure unrivalled coverage


Now in its third edition, this work has established itself as a key point of reference on English private law for lawyers in the UK and throughout the world. The book acts as an accessible first point of reference for practitioners approaching a private law issue for the first time, whilst simultaneously providing a lucid, concise and authoritative overview of all the key areas of private law. This includes contract, tort, unjust enrichment, land law, trusts, intellectual property, succession, family, companies, insolvency, private international law and civil procedure. Each section is written by an acknowledged expert, using their experience and understanding to provide a clear distillation and analysis of the subject.

This new edition includes all the recent developments since the publication of the second edition in 2007. It covers some areas that were previously not addressed including arbitration in civil procedure, the Human Rights Act 1998 in tort law, and regulatory reform in the light of the global financial crisis.

No other single text provides such comprehensive and lucid coverage of the whole of English private law as this one. It has come to be regarded as an essential item for every law library, reflecting its appeal to both English practitioners and those working in other jurisdictions. At the same time the book’s depth of analysis, combined with its ease of reference, make it a favourite among academics and students worldwide.


Review from previous edition: “There must be very few of us who would not benefit from, and be much better informed as a result of having a copy of English Private Law on our shelves.” –Stephen Watterson, LQR, 124 2008

“I find it to be a unique achievement among scholarly law books, and am continually surprised at the depth of analysis offered by a book that appears to offer a bird’s eye view of English Private Law….It is written by undoubted experts…it is lucid, succinct, and yet it is immensely broad in its scope…” –Professor Sir John H Baker University of Cambridge

“The book is an essential part of any Euopean law library of repute…It is immensely useful to scholars and lawyers working in other jurisdictions seeking a clear account of English law and scholarly analysis of difficult subject areas.” –Professor Dr Reinhard Zimmermann Max Planck Institute, Hamburg

“It is a very important book that offers an impressive overview of the laws of England.” –Marion Simmons QC 3-4 South Square, London

“Foreign lawyers now have a readily accessible account of English law. Students wishing to obtain an overview of a topic either before or after studying it are well served. Practising lawyers may also want an introduction to an unfamiliar topic or an account of a particular area to get their bearings. The difficult question will not be why this book was written but how we coped without it.” –Robert Stevens, Professor of Commercial Law, UCL

Book Details

  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 3 edition (November 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0199661774




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