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Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law


Publication details

Baker, Aaron. & Smith, Ian. (2010). Smith and Wood's Employment Law. Oxford Oxford University Press.

Author(s) from Durham


Deals with the key employment law issues in an excellent level of detail without overwhelming the reader
Strikes a careful balance between clear and thorough explanation of what the law is without neglecting the controversies and debates influencing this dynamic area
Well selected case law, full referencing and footnotes provides a thorough guide to the literature, ideal for unlocking further study
Informed by a background of practical employment relations, this book is written by two authors experienced in working in the area and teaching undergraduates and employment practitioners
New to this edition

A detailed consideration of the Equality Bill providing students with a penetrating explanation of one of the biggest changes to discrimination law seen in recent years
A full analysis of the repealed statutory dismissal and disputes procedure and the provisions taking its place
A new chapter on work life balance
Updated by Ian Smith and Aaron Baker, Smith & Wood's Employment Law maintains its reputation for both thorough coverage and lucidity of presentation. The authors provide contextualised discussion throughout and introduce the socio-political pressures affecting this dynamic and fast paced area of law. The topics are introduced with clarity and focus and have been carefully organized to reflect the structure of employment law courses.

The tenth edition features coverage of the most significant aspects of individual employment law including a revised chapter on discrimination law in light of the Single Equality Act and an analysis of the repealed statutory dismissal and disputes procedure. The book finishes with a concise overview and analysis of collective employment law and industrial action.

Online Resource Centre

The book is accompanied by an Online Resource Centre including:

Regular updates post publication - crucial in this fast moving area of law
Multiple choice questions allowing the reader to test their understanding of the topics being studied
Web links to useful sources of information to provide an ideal starting point to online research on employment law


Readership: Second or third year LLB students studying employment law or those studying LLMs in employment and labour law. This text will also be of interest to business law and human resource (CIPD) students.

Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law