Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Commercial Law (FR) LAW2043

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Law
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The course covers a number of separate areas of commercial law: The Sale of Goods, Consumer Credit, Outline of Money and Negotiable Instruments, Insurance Law, Cautionary Obligations, An Outline of Dispute Resolution, Diligence and Personal Insolvency. 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.


Lectures Thursday and Friday at 10am and occasional Friday 11am - 3 x 1 hour tutorials

Requirements of Entry

Normally completion of Obligations 1B.

Excluded Courses

1001 Business Law

2002 Commercial Law


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, etc.;

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

- satisfy the requirements of the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates;

- 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.