Commercial Law (Common Law) LAW2040

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Law
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The course covers a number of separate areas of commercial law: Sale of Goods, Consumer Credit, Payment Methods including an Outline of Money and Negotiable Instruments (Bills of Exchange and Cheques), Outline of Documentary Credit, Insurance Law, Personal Insolvency (England and Wales). Particularly in the areas of Sale of Goods and Insurance Law aspects of legal ethics in relation to the legal profession (such as conflict of interest and ethical practice in the legal profession) will be covered.


Two one hour lectures a week plus one hour lecture fortnightly - Thursday 10.00-11.00 and Friday 10.00-12.00 (t.b.c).

Three tutorials - weeks 4,5 (different groups), weeks 7,8 (different groups), weeks 10, 11 (different groups)

Requirements of Entry

Normally completion of Law of Contract LAW1027.

Excluded Courses

Commercial Law (Level 2) (Scots Law) LAW 2002

[Or: NONE]




Examination 100%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The course will:

- introduce students to modern substantive Commercial Law;

- reveal how underlying socio-political and economic factors, as well as wider business culture shape the development of Commercial Law in relation to discrete areas such as the Sale of Goods, Insurance, Consumer Credit and Personal Insolvency;

- provide a recapitulation for an enhanced understanding of general principles of contract law in the areas of Sale of Goods and Insurance Law in particular;

- obtain an understanding of ethical issues the legal profession encounters specifically in the context of commercial law;

- satisfy the qualification requirements of the Law Society of England and Wales, and the SQE (as far as assessable at present);

- encourage in students an interest and critical awareness in the development of UK and international Commercial Law.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will:

- Be able to demonstrate a critical knowledge of the law related to the Sale and Supply of Goods, Consumer Credit, Insurance and other discrete areas of Commercial Law;

- Be able to apply their knowledge of Commercial law to hypothetical problems and fact scenarios.

- Be able to write critically about the law and how it has developed in the context of the subject matter of the course.

- Have developed a sound ability to research both primary and secondary sources of Commercial Law.

- Be able to identify issues of professional ethics in the legal profession in typical commercial law settings.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.