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This edition provides a completely up-to-date and enhanced coverage of the law of contract with a continued emphasis on explaining how the courts apply the law in practice in the cases before them.

It remains an easy to read, easy to understand text and reference book – especially for students encountering the law of contract for the first time and incorporates all the major changes since 2017 – including the High Court’s decisions in:

  • Pipikos v Trayans – part performance;
  • Ecosse Property Holdings Pty Ltd v Gee Dee Nominees Pty Ltd and Rinehart v Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd – construction of contracts;
  • Victoria v Tatts Group Ltd – ambiguity;
  • Thorne v Kennedy – undue influence and unconscionability;
  • ASIC v Kobelt – statutory unconscionability;
  • Moore v Scenic Tours Pty Ltd – damages for disappointment and distress;
  • Mann v Paterson Constructions Pty Ltd – quantum meruit; and
  • Berry v CCL Secure Pty Ltd – causation and calculation of damages.
  • Other Federal, state and territory courts decisions are also included in areas as diverse as:
  • privity of contract – Clarence City Council v Commonwealth of Australia;
  • using post-contractual conduct to identify the parties – BH Australia Constructions Pty Ltd v Kapeller;
  • government ‘promises’ – Roo Roofing Pty Ltd v Commonwealth;
  • enforceability of voluntary association rules – Hogan v Fraser and Setka v Carroll;
  • consideration and the ‘existing duty’ rule – Searle v Commonwealth of Australia;
  • the ‘practical benefit’ test – Hill v Forteng Pty Ltd;
  • promissory estoppel – FJ & PN Curran Pty Ltd v Almond Investors Land Pty Ltd;
  • undue influence and ‘independent advice’ – Rahme v Benjamin & Khoury Pty Ltd;
  • unfair contracts – ASIC v Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Ltd;
  • penalties – Kay v Playup Australia Pty Ltd;
  • and many others.

Legislative changes to the Australian Consumer Law and the ASIC Act to enhance consumer protection have also been included.

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