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  • Sham Transactions

    Edwin Simpson and Miranda Stewart, Sham Transactions (Oxford University Press, 2013)

    27 February 2014
    The doctrine of the sham is a response to the many fictions found in the law. It is a doctrine that tests the legitimacy of a particular rule or fiction in the context of its application. So when the English Court of Appeal dealt with Salomon v. Salomon & Co., the relationship between Mr Salomon and his company was seen as a mere scheme. The Court of Appeal sought to avoid the perversion of a company being used to cheat honest creditors. The House of Lords in Salomon, of course, disagreed and entrenched the principles of corporate limited liability and separate personality into the common law and explained how these fictions operated legitimately in Mr Salomon’s case. Whilst the doctrine of the sham was once the province of company and tax lawyers, this book is the first comprehensive analysis of the sham across a number of jurisdictions and also into other areas of law such as tenancy agreements and employment law. The book will be a useful resource for those seeking to challenge in a structured manner the legitimacy of questionable transactions or the perverse operation of a particular legal fiction.

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  • The Law of Proprietary Estoppel

    Ben McFarlane , The Law of Proprietary Estoppel (Oxford University Press, 2014)

    27 February 2014
    The modern formulation of proprietary estoppel is based on three elements. First, a representation or assurance made to the claimant; second, reliance on it by the claimant; and third, detriment to the claimant in consequence of his reasonable reliance. McFarlane then sub-categorizes proprietary estoppel into three different strands. The first of these is based on A’s acquiescence in B’s mistaken belief as to B’s current rights; the second on a representation of an existing state of affairs made by A to B; the third is based on A’s promise to B. The mention of a promise suggests “cross pollination” with the doctrine of promissory estoppel as expressed in High Trees . McFarlane systematically explains the difference between proprietary and promissory estoppel and this is, but one, example of his rigorous analysis. Whilst McFarlane has drawn on the Australian experience, he is primarily concerned with the position in the United Kingdom. That said, McFarlane’s book is a work of considerable scholarship and sits comfortably in a practitioner’s library beside the leading texts on constructive trusts and restitution.

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  • Ethics and Legal Professionalism in Australia

    Paula Baron and Lillian Corbin , Ethics and Legal Professionalism in Australia (Oxford University Press, 2014)

    27 February 2014
    “Lawyers” as a profession and as individuals have all the strengths and weaknesses found in a cross section of the community. The law and the profession has responded to produce a body of law and ethical rules that seek to set a minimum standard of conduct for those who practice as “lawyers”. Baron and Corbin’s book is an introductory text that deals with broad topics such as truth and honesty, fidelity to the law; loyalty to the client; and confidentiality. The book, in a broad base way, attempts to deal with the similarities and differences faced by the practitioner who may work in a number of different states of Australia. It helpfully contains a comparative table of the legal profession legislation and the solicitors’ and barristers’ rules for each state of Australia, and identifies their commonality with the 2011 draft legal profession national law.

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  • Patent Law in Australia

    Colin Bodkin, Patent Law in Australia (Thomson Reuters, 2nd ed, 2014)

    31 January 2014
    Dr Colin Bodkin is a patent attorney, who came to his profession with a scientific background in industrial research and development. This work provides an extensive review of the concepts and authorities in this field.

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  • Ross on Crime

    Mirko Bagaric , Ross on Crime (Thomson Reuters, 6th ed, 2013)

    31 January 2014
    This is an unusual book, which was originally the work of a Victorian criminal silk, David Ross QC. It covers a very broad series of important topics concerning practical aspects of criminal law, evidence and procedure - but presents them as more than 100 short essays arranged alphabetical order (eg “Abandonment”, “Abduction”, “Aboriginals” etc). This list of topics strays into areas such as “Jazz”, which have only a tangential link to the criminal law, but serve to add a delightful personal touch to this work. It has been recently updated by Professo Mirko Magaric, the Dean of the Deakin University Law School.

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  • Aboriginal Ways of Using English

    Diana Eades , Aboriginal Ways of Using English (Aboriginal Studies Press , 2013)

    31 January 2014
    Dr Diana Eades is a senior academic, specializing in sociolinguistics, whose life’s work has been focused upon the difficulties which can arise in the criminal justice system because of cultural differences in use of language by Aboriginal witnesses. Many of the chapters in this volume examine particular cases in which problems of this nature have arisen.

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  • Comparison of International Arbitration Rules

    Simpson Thacher and Bartlett LLP , Comparison of International Arbitration Rules (Juris , 4th ed, 2013)

    28 January 2014
    This publication is primarily a chart comparing the provisions of the leading sets of international arbitration rules (ICC, AAA/IDCR, LCIA, SCC, ICSID, UNCITRAL and CPR). The full text of these rules is also reproduced in this convenient compilation. The comparison chart is intended to assist those who are selecting arbitrations rules, drafting arbitration provisions for contracts, developing arguments on procedural issues in arbitrations, and analysing of the various rules.

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  • Brooking on Building Contracts

    Damien Cremean, Michael Whitten and Michael Sharkey , Brooking on Building Contracts (Lexis Nexis, 5th ed, 2014)

    28 January 2014
    Cremean, Whitten and Sharkey have delivered a comprehensive, clear and understandable renovation that is the fifth edition of this text. It remains the resource of first resort for practitioners in the area of building contracts.

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  • The Principles of Equitable Remedies

    I.C. F. Spry , The Principles of Equitable Remedies (Thomson Reuters, 9th ed, 2014)

    28 January 2014
    The ninth edition will perhaps be remembered more for the controversial terms of the Preface rather than its elucidation of recent developments in equitable remedies. Fortunately, the infelicities of the Preface do not infect what remains a comprehensive and useful resource.

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  • Schmitthoff The Law and Practice of International Trade

    Carol Murray; David Holloway and Daren Timson-Hunt, Schmitthoff The Law and Practice of International Trade (Sweet & Maxwell, 12th ed, 2012)

    20 January 2014
    This is the latest edition of the standard English work on international trade, which was first published in 1948. It seeks to cover all the key legal issues which are apt to arise in such transactions, and includes an outline of the law of contracts for the international sale of goods; the law relating to conventional methods of payment under such contracts; the law relating to the transportation of such goods; the law of insurance as it relates to such transactions; and the law relating to dispute resolution under standard arbitration clauses.

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