Awkward typo spotted in ‘Thiry-Third Edition’ of contract law bible

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Credit: Jamie Susskind (Twitter)

Any lawyer worth their salt will tell you that a typo in a contract, no matter how seemingly inconsequential, can have serious legal ramifications for the parties involved.

So it’s somewhat ironic when the contract law experts (self-confessed sticklers for accuracy) fall foul of an unfortunate typo themselves.

Spotted by barrister Jamie Susskind, this latest example is courtesy of Chitty on Contracts — one of the leading textbooks covering English contract law.

Susskind’s tweet shows that the typo appears on one of the very first pages of the two-volume book, a hard copy of which will set you back a hefty £565.

Yep, that’s right. Chitty on Contracts is now apparently on its “Thiry-Third Edition”.

Responding to the tweet, academic librarian Andy Horton quipped that “Old man Chitty is going to be so annoyed when he sees that”, while Liz Slade, a freelance lawyer, wrote: “As a contracts lawyer, may I just say… hahaha”.

The book’s publisher, Sweet & Maxwell, has been approached for comment.

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You know the Chittys who first wrote the textbook in the 19th century no longer update it, right?



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I hate to break it to people but… the editors don’t write the title page. At best the general editor approved it at the very end but given it’s just an update to the previous editions text I doubt it. It’s done intern at Sweet and Maxwell, whose supervisor gives 0 f*#ks because they know it will be bought no matter the price or the typos in the front matter.



*an intern. That one is mea culpa.



I write law books. I checked proofs last week and I checked all those preliminary pages right down to the copyright notices, back cover, title pages. That would not have gone through on my watch. Not only do I the author check it but so do people at the publishers too.



That’s what happens when you self-publish, Jane. You’re paying your own £2,000 to print the books and get them ready to sell on Amazon.



Yes, that is the whole point.


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