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Balkin & Davis Law of Torts 6th Edition


Balkin and Davis Law of Torts provides clear, comprehensive and authoritative discussion and critical analysis of common law and statutory torts across all Australian jurisdictions. The text covers the civil wrongs protecting intentional injury to person and property; the tort of negligence, with respect both to personal and property damage and for the recovery of purely economic loss; those torts, such as nuisance, in which neither intention nor negligence is necessarily relevant; defamation; and the economic torts which protect the intentional infringement of another’s trade or business.

The sixth edition has been extensively updated to cover new developments in case law and legislation, including: significant changes in vicarious liability, particularly institutional abuse and labour hire arrangements; defamation law reforms; new cases on duty of care and causation in negligence; important decisions on judging breach in professional negligence claims; and changes to social security and statutory compensation regimes. Chapters on general principles of trespass, wrongful interference with the person, and breach of duty have been substantially revised, and the chapter on nuisance now includes a discussion of application of the tort to new technologies. Recent cases discussed include:

• Attwells v Jackson Lalic Lawyers Pty Ltd (2016)
• Brookfield Multiplex Ltd v Owners Corp Strata Plan 61288 (2014)
• Deal v Kodakkathanath (2016)
• Hunter Health District v McKenna (2014)
• Marsh v Baxter (2015)
• Prince Alfred College Incorporated v ADC (2016)
• State of New South Wales v Ouhammi (2019)
• White v Johnston (2015)
• Wallace v Kam (2013)


• Authoritative and comprehensive analysis of tort law in Australia
• Clear, accessible style identifies and explains complex legal concepts
• Identifies tort law legislation and its interpretation across all Australian jurisdictions

Related Titles

• Clarke et al, Torts: Principles, Skills and Application, 2019
• Luntz et al, Torts: Cases and Commentary, 8th ed, 2017
• Paine, LexisNexis Questions and Answers: Torts, 5th ed, 2019

Erskine May: Parliamentary Practice 25th Edition


Why should you buy Erskine May: Parliamentary Practice 25th edition

Erskine May is the eponymous guide to parliamentary practice and procedure, providing accurate and detailed information on the constituent parts of Parliament, its powers and jurisdictions, membership of either House, financial procedure and the process of debate.

Alongside the incremental changes to and refinements of parliamentary practice which happen all the time, the 25th edition covers many significant developments since the last edition in 2011, including:

A new chapter on “English Votes for English Laws” introduced following the 2015 General Election, which details the varied and complex ways in which these engage with both primary and secondary legislation.
The process of implementing the outcome of the 2016 referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU. An account is given of the procedures in both Houses for the scrutiny and approval of the transposition of EU law into UK law.
Further parliamentary consequences of the coalition government that took office in 2010, including the reforms introduced by the Wright Committee, the evolving impact of the introduction of the new category of “backbench business” and the election of Deputy Speakers in the House.
An e-petitions system overseen by a new Petitions Committee set up in 2015.
Changes to select committee working practices and powers under their new elected chairs.
A new financial timetable introduced in 2017 with the Chancellor’s annual budget statement moving from Spring to Autumn, and a change to how Estimates Day debates are handled.
Important reforms to how the conduct of both MPs and members of the Lords is governed and how breaches of the respective codes are pursued.
Continuing arguments over the future of parliamentary privilege. Recent relevant court cases and developments within Parliament are assessed, including the 2013 Joint Committee on Parliamentary Privilege.