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Business Law 4e WileyPLUS Learning Space + Wiley E-Text Powered by VitalSource

Business Law 4e WileyPLUS Learning Space + Wiley E-Text Powered by VitalSource

Nickolas James

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James’ Business Law 4e builds on the success of his previous editions with improved coverage of contract and statutory law, problem-based learning modules and more accessible, easy-to-understand language. Delivered for the first time as a WileyPLUS Learning Space interactive textbook, this rich digital resource provides an engaging learning experience for students, with author videos, animations and interactives embedded at the point of learning. The problem-based learning modules connect course concepts with real-world legal scenarios, requiring students to apply higher-order thinking skills to solve problems.

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Preface ix

About the author xiii

How to use this text xiv

Abbreviations xvii

Cases xxi

Statutes xxvii

Part 1 Foundations 1

chapter 1 Business and the law 2

Introduction 3

1.1 Law and the business person 4

1.2 The nature of law 6

1.3 Justice, ethics and politics 18

In conclusion 27

Quiz 28

Exercises 29

Key terms 30

Acknowledgements 31

chapter 2 The Australian legal system 32

Introduction 33

2.1 The Australian legal system 34

2.2 The Australian Constitution 50

2.3 The executive government 60

In conclusion 70

Quiz 72

Exercises 73

Key terms 74

Acknowledgements 76

chapter 3 Politicians and judges 77

Introduction 79

3.1 The legislature 79

3.2 Parliament in operation 84

3.3 The judiciary 92

3.4 The doctrine of precedent 114

3.5 Alternative dispute resolution 119

In conclusion 120

Quiz 122

Exercises 123

Key terms 124

Acknowledgements 127

chapter 4 How to find, understand and use the law 128

Introduction 129

4.1 Finding the law 130

4.2 Reading the law 136

4.3 Thinking like a lawyer 159

4.4 Writing like a lawyer 164

In conclusion 170

Quiz 171

Exercises 172

Key terms 173

Acknowledgements 175

Part 2 Legal consequences 176

chapter 5 Deliberately causing harm 177

Introduction 178

5.1 Causing harm 178

5.2 Deliberately causing harm to person or

5.3 Deliberately causing financial harm 199

5.4 The consequences of causing harm 206

In conclusion 209

Quiz 211

Exercises 212

Key terms 213

Acknowledgements 215

chapter 6 Carelessly causing harm 216

Introduction 217

6.1 Carelessly causing harm to person or property 217

6.2 Carelessly causing financial harm 244

In conclusion 248

Quiz 250

Exercises 250

Key terms 252

Acknowledgements 253

chapter 7 Contract law: formation of the contract 254

Introduction 255

7.1 Contracts 256

7.2 Requirement 1: agreement 257

7.3 Requirement 2: intention 266

7.4 Requirement 3: consideration 270

7.5 Formalities 278

7.6 Capacity to contract 279

7.7 Legality 283

In conclusion 284

Quiz 287

Exercises 288

Key terms 289

Acknowledgements 290

chapter 8 Contract law: terms of the contract 291

Introduction 292

8.1 Express terms 293

8.2 Terms implied by the court 298

8.3 Statutory terms 300

8.4 Disclaimers 310

8.5 Unenforceable terms 312

8.6 Non-contractual representations and promises 314

In conclusion 318

Quiz 320

Exercises 321

Key terms 322

Acknowledgements 323

chapter 9 Contract law: enforcement of the contract 324

Introduction 325

9.1 Entitlement to enforce 325

9.2 Unenforceable contracts: lack of consent 328

9.3 Remedies 338

9.4 The end of the contract 347

In conclusion 349

Quiz 351

Exercises 352

Key terms 353

Acknowledgements 355

chapter 10 Contract law: working with agents 356

Introduction 357

10.1 Getting someone else to do it 358

10.2 Scope of authority 361

10.3 The agent’s duties 367

10.4 The agent’s entitlements 372

10.5 Liability of agent and principal 373

10.6 Concluding the agency 376

In conclusion 377

Quiz 379

Exercises 381

Key terms 382

Acknowledgements 384

chapter 11 Dealing with consumers 385

Introduction 386

11.1 Protecting consumers 386

11.2 Dealing with consumers 389

11.3 Consequences of contravention 417

11.4 Consumer privacy 422

In conclusion 430

Quiz 431

Exercises 432

Key terms 433

Acknowledgements 435

chapter 12 Dealing with competitors 436

Introduction 437

12.1 Protecting competition 437

12.2 Dealing with competitors 438

12.3 Prohibited conduct 443

12.4 Consequences of breach 456

In conclusion 459

Quiz 461

Exercises 462

Key terms 463

Acknowledgements 464

chapter 13 Protecting IP 465

Introduction 467

13.1 Intellectual property law 467

13.2 Copyright 469

13.3 Trade marks 486

13.4 Patents 496

13.5 Designs 503

13.6 Breach of confidence 507

In conclusion 508

Quiz 511

Exercises 512

Key terms 513

Acknowledgements 514

Part 3 Managing a business 515

chapter 14 Managing a business: start-up 516

Introduction 517

14.1 Preparation 518

14.2 Licences and registration 523

14.3 Renting or buying the premises 525

14.4 Opening for business 539

In conclusion 542

Quiz 544

Exercises 545

Key terms 545

Acknowledgements 549

chapter 15 Managing a business: business ownership 550

Introduction 551

15.1 The sole trader 551

15.2 The partnership 552

15.3 The trust 571

15.4 The franchise 575

In conclusion 582

Quiz 583

Exercises 584

Key terms 585

Acknowledgements 587

chapter 16 Managing a business: companies and corporate governance 588

Introduction 589

16.1 The company 590

16.2 Corporate finance 595

16.3 Corporate governance 600

In conclusion 616

Quiz 617

Exercises 619

Key terms 620

Acknowledgements 622

chapter 17 Managing a business: making payments and recovering debts 623

Introduction 624

17.1 Making payments 624

17.2 Recovering debts 634

In conclusion 650

Quiz 652

Exercises 653

Key terms 654

Acknowledgements 656

chapter 18 Managing a business: insurance and taxes 657

Introduction 658

18.1 Taking out insurance 658

18.2 Paying tax 668

In conclusion 676

Quiz 677

Exercises 678

Key terms 678

Acknowledgements 679

chapter 19 Managing a business: employing workers 680

Introduction 681

19.1 Employee or independent contractor? 684

19.2 Employer obligations 687

19.3 Workplace conditions 692

19.4 Termination of employment 700

In conclusion 703

Quiz 704

Exercises 705

Key terms 705

Acknowledgements 706

chapter 20 Managing a business: closing down 707

Introduction 708

20.1 Financial difficulty 708

20.2 Personal insolvency 710

20.3 Corporate insolvency 722

20.4 Closing the business 731

In conclusion 737

Quiz 739

Exercises 740

Key terms 741

Acknowledgements 743

  • In Situ Videos: Original author videos help bring business law to life and put key concepts in context
  • Real-world Applications: Connects business law concepts with real-world legal scenarios, requiring students to apply higher-order thinking skills to solve problems
  • Accessible Content: Designed to align with a 12 or 13 week course, it delivers content in more concise, digestible chunks than previous editions, and explains legal terms in an accessible manner
  • Embedded Rich Media: Video, animations and interactives embedded at the point of learning help students test their mastery of concepts and engage with the course content
  • Interactive Online Textbook: The WileyPLUS Learning Space interactive textbook is full of rich media, case studies and activities embedded at the point of learning
  • Trusted Authorship: Know you’re getting the best content from Australia’s leading author Nick James, with improved coverage of contract and statutory law