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The latest issue of the Australian Law Journal (Volume 93 Part 1) contains the following material:

CURRENT ISSUES – Editor: Justice François Kunc

  • Two ALJ Events
  • Speech by Professor Lesley Hughes
  • Book Launch: The Future of Australian Legal Education

CONVEYANCING AND PROPERTY – Editors: Robert Angyal SC and Brendan Edgeworth

  • More Problems with Instalment Contracts in Queensland
  • How Not to Transact with the Elderly and Frail

TECHNOLOGY AND THE LAW – Editors: Lyria Bennett Moses and Anna Collyer

  • At the Coalface

RECENT CASES – Editor: Ruth C A Higgins SC

  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty – Liability of Third Party Participant – Account of Profits – Causation – Extent of Accountability
  • United Kingdom – Northern Ireland – Discrimination on Grounds of Sexual Orientation and/or on Grounds of Religious Belief or Political Opinion – Jurisdiction – European Convention on Human Rights

Articles

Interest Rates in Dispute Resolution: Comparing Simple Statutory Interest Against Compound Indices  Ashton East

This article considers pre-judgment interest in litigation and proposes a method to compare statutory interest on the simple basis against compound indices closer to the circumstances of the plaintiff. Comparison of the statutory interest rate against representative indices for the period 1 July 2005 to 30 June 2015 demonstrates a quantifiable bias in favour of businesses and low risk investors and calls into question the court’s assertion that statutory interest can be considered a “rough and ready guide to the prevailing interest rate at any given time”. This article reviews and considers the availability of damages for borrowing or opportunity costs including at the compound rate in common law, equity and as a debt pursuant to express terms.

An Asset Shared can be a Problem Doubled: Assignment of Causes of Action by a Liquidator  Judge Robert Harper

Liquidators often wish to sell causes of action owned by a company in liquidation. Such causes of action based on breach of duty by a director or officer can be based in the general law or in statute. The law relating the assignment of such causes of action has been afflicted by inconsistent and circular reasoning, with the result that equitable and statutory causes of action are not equally assignable. The recent enactment of the Insolvency Law Reform Act 2016 (Cth) has attempted to provide consistency and efficiency across both corporate and personal insolvency. But its success in achieving this goal may have been jeopardised by insufficient attention to the historical position regarding a liquidator’s power to assign causes of action.

The Difference between ss 84 and 85 of the Uniform Evidence Acts  Greg Taylor

This essay provides a principled differentiation between ss 84 and 85 of the uniform evidence legislation. At present their respective functions are unclear, the drafting is merely “good in parts” and there is much overlap within and between the sections. Therefore their application is more difficult than it needs to be because it is not clear how they relate to each other. Clarification will be of use to practitioners, Judges, students, teachers and reformers of the law. The essential difference is that s 84 deontologically serves the protection of the suspect’s basic rights, while s 85 teleologically aims at the rejection of admissions which might well be unreliable and thus at an assurance that poor-quality evidence is not adduced. A side-effect of this difference is that s 84 typically requires some type of positive action by those in authority, while s 85 does not.

BOOK REVIEWS – Editor: Angelina Gomez

  • Public Law and Statutory Interpretation – Principles and Practice, by Lisa Burton Crawford, Janina Boughey, Melissa Castan and Maria O’Sullivan
  • Tensions and Traumas in Health Law, by Ian Freckelton and Kerry Petersen (eds)

For the PDF version of the table of contents, click here: ALJ Vol 93 No 1 Contents.

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