Patrick S. Atiyah, QC, FBA (born 5 March 1931) is an English lawyer and academic. He is best known for his work as a common lawyer, particularly in the law of contract and for advocating reformation or abolition of the law of tort. He was made a Fellow of the British Academy in 1979.
- Essays on Contract (1986), Oxford University Press, Digital Reproduction available at Google Books (2001)
- Atiyah's Accidents, Compensation and the Law (1970), now (2006) and updated by Peter Cane
- The Rise and Fall of Freedom of Contract (1979) Oxford University Press
- Promises, Morals, and Law (1983) Oxford University Press
- Form and Substance in Anglo-American Law (1987).
- An Introduction to the Law of Contract (1995 5th Ed.) Clarendon Law Series, now updated by Stephen Smith.
- The Damages Lottery (1997) Hart Publishing.
- ‘Economic Duress and the Overborne Will’ (1982) 98 LQR 197. Atiyah argued that it was wrong to use the phrase ‘coercion of the will’ in the test for duress. Duress does not eliminate free choice, it just creates a choice between evils. What is wrong about a contract is not an absence of consent, but the wrongful nature of the threats used to bring about consent.