Business Law (6th edition)

ISBN : 9780198849957

James Marson; Katy Ferris
680 Pages
189 x 246 mm
Pub date
Apr 2020
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  • Learning outcomes are presented at the start of chapters to provide students with a roadmap of the content ahead while case facts and their impact are integrated in the chapters to help students visualize the course of events and understand their importance
  • Chapters close with a summary of the core content covered, serving as a helpful recap and useful revision aid
  • Further reading suggestions guide students who want to deepen their knowledge, directing them to well maintained and trusted websites, Twitter feeds, and YouTube channels in addition to suitable books and articles
  • Sample problem and essay questions can be found at the end of each chapter, providing students with an opportunity to test their understanding and practise for assessments. Indicative answers can be found with the online resources accompanying this book
  • The first chapter introduces why it is important for business students to understand legal concepts and provides helpful tips on how to approach assessments, including an example problem question with a model answer

New to this Edition:

  • The new edition provides updates to laws decided by national and European courts. This includes judgments of the Supreme Court clarifying issues relating to the duty of care in the tort of negligence, and the Court of Justice of the European Union regarding limitations to the doctrine of separate legal personality
  • Discussion of key cases including Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust (2018) and Robinson v Chief Constable of the West Yorkshire Police (2018) where the Supreme Court reassesses the Caparo tests for negligence liability; and Vantaan kaupunki v Skanska Industrial Solutions Oy, NCC Industry Oy, Asfaltmix Oy (2019), where the Court of Justice of the European Union provides potentially significant changes to the notion of separate legal personality in company law
  • Updates on the new legislation to pass in 2019/20 on the protections afforded to workers, including further rights for individuals at work provided in the Employment Rights Act 1996 (Itemised Pay Statement) (Amendment) Order 2018 and the Employment Rights (Employment Particulars and Paid Annual Leave) (Amendment) Regulations 2018
  • Practical and clear guidance on the issue of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection Act 2018), which establish obligations for individuals and businesses which must be incorporated into working practices to avoid transgression of the law

Do your students struggle to engage with legal topics? Look no further than Marson & Ferris' Business Law to help them actively engage with the law, understand it, and approach it with confidence.
Written with business, management, and finance and accounting students in mind, the authors put the law into a context that they can easily understand by introducing case studies in every chapter. 'Business Scenarios' help the students contextualize the law by presenting the reader with an example of an everyday problem which demonstrates how the law can affect a company, employer, employee, or other individual.
Throughout each chapter the students are asked to pause and consider how the content applies to these routine business problems, enabling them to become active readers and think independently about how the law operates.
The first chapter provides a helpful guide to studying the law and advice on how to excel in assessments so that students can fulfil their potential. This chapter includes a sample problem question and model answer. Further sample problem and essay questions can be found at the end of chapters, giving readers an opportunity to test their understanding and practise for assessments. Students will be able to find indicative answers to these questions hosted with the online resources for this book.
At the end of each chapter the authors provide further reading suggestions to guide students that want to deepen their knowledge, including well-maintained and trusted websites, Twitter feeds, and YouTube channels in addition to suitable books and articles.
Online resources
This book is accompanied by a suite of online resources to support students' learning, including flashcard cases, self-test questions and answers with feedback, and additional material on legislation.


Part 1 Introduction
1: How to study law for businesses

Part 2 The English Legal System
2: The English legal system, constitution and human rights
3: Creating, finding, and applying the law
4: Dispute resolution for businesses

Part 3 Contractual Obligations
5: Establishing an agreement: offer and acceptance
6: Establishing the contract: consideration, intention to create legal relations, and certainty of terms
7: Factors affecting the validity of a contract
8: Terms of a contract
9: Statutory regulation of contracts
10: Ending the contract

Part 4 Tortious Liability
11: The tortious liability of businesses in negligence and nuisance
12: Non-physical damage and liability for economic loss
13: Responsibilities of employers for the torts of employees and statutory duties

Part 5 Company Law
14: Legal requirements when establishing a business enterprise
15: The administration of corporations
16: Duties relating to corporation finance and capital
17: The management of corporations

Part 6 Agency Law
18: Businesses and the responsibility of agents

Part 7 Employment
19: Hiring staff and establishing the contract of employment
20: Ending employment contracts at common law; and duties to redundant and transferring staff
21: Statutory regulation of dismissals
22: Equality in employment relationships
23: Statutory and common law regulation of the conditions of employment

Part 8 Intellectual Property and Data Protection
24: Intellectual property and data protection

About the author: 

James Marson is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Principal Lecturer in Law. He is Head of Research for Law at Sheffield Hallam University.
Katy Ferris is an Assistant Professor in Business Law at Nottingham University

Review from previous edition 
"The inclusion of business scenarios is an excellent touch, enabling students to contextualize the legal content." - Zaman Kala, Associate Lecturer in Law, University of Bolton

"A concise business law book that provides a well-structured approach to understanding the topics. The book's distinctive edge is that it is more interactive than other books." - Dr John Wood, Lecturer in Law, University of Central Lancashire

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