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  Australian Law Journal   (Australia)
  Volume 85, Number 1, January 2011
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  • CURRENT ISSUES — Editor: Mr Justice P W Young AO
  • Happy new year
        p.7                                                                                          +cite    
  • The Australian Chief Justice and our November issue
        p.7                                                                                          +cite    
  • Solicitors' duties
        p.8                                                                                          +cite    
  • Proposed specialised sexual assault court
        p.8                                                                                          +cite    
  • Litigants in person with unwinable cases
        p.9                                                                                          +cite    
  • "We're sorry — But so what?"
        p.9                                                                                          +cite    
  • Revamping the journal
        p.10                                                                                        +cite    

  • CONVEYANCING AND PROPERTY — Editor: Peter Butt
  • The inappropriateness of going beyond the text of restrictive covenants
        p.11                                                                                        +cite    
  • Torrens title priorities
        p.12                                                                                        +cite    
  • Termination of leases, and relief against forfeiture
        p.13                                                                                        +cite    
  • Fiction upon a fiction?
        p.14                                                                                        +cite    

  • RECENT CASES — Editor: Mr Justice P W Young AO
  • What is a casual vacancy?
        p.17                                                                                        +cite    
  • Wills: Testamentary capacity — Recent widower
        p.17                                                                                        +cite    
  • Torrens system and aged investors
        p.18                                                                                        +cite    
  • Banker and customer: What happens when bank suspects that transaction involves proceeds of crime?
        p.18                                                                                        +cite    
  • Easements: Informal creation — Excessive user
        p.19                                                                                        +cite    
  • Cost capping: Public interest litigation
        p.19                                                                                        +cite    
  • Damage to property held on trust
        p.20                                                                                        +cite    
  • Evidence: Privilege — Spousal incrimination
        p.20                                                                                        +cite    
  • Copper, gold and the royal prerogative
        p.20                                                                                        +cite    
  • "Charitable institution" for tax purposes
        p.21                                                                                        +cite    

  • ARTICLES
  • IS THERE ANY LAW OF CONSENT WITH RESPECT TO ASSAULT?
        P W Young
        p.23                                                                                        +cite        
        The question as to whether physical contact occurred by consent or not has to be decided by courts relatively often. Although the raw question may be whether there was consent or not, the answer to that question usually involves the consideration of a number of difficult subsidiary issues. These are considered in this article.
  • RESUSCITATING THE WILKINSON V DOWNTON TORT IN AUSTRALIA
        Scott Wotherspoon
        p.37                                                                                        +cite        
        The Wilkinson v Downton tort traditionally has been understood as an action on the case involving the intentional infliction of mental harm. In 2006 the High Court of Australia rejected that understanding, saying that the tort had been subsumed by negligence principles. The author contends that both the conventional understanding of Wilkinson v Downton [1897] 2 QB 57, and the High Court's rejection of it, are flawed. The infringement of Mrs Wilkinson's personal safety was direct, not consequential. Wilkinson v Downton should be seen as a legitimate incremental extension to trespass to the person. The re-interpretation contended for will enhance the law's perception of an individual's right to personal safety and mental integrity in a principled way.
  • "RECOGNISING AN ELEPHANT': EQUITABLE SET-OFF, "IMPEACHING TITLE" AND THE MODERN POSITION ON "SUFFICIENT CONNECTION"
        Lee Aitken
        p.51                                                                                        +cite        
        The availability of equitable set-off has a large impact on commercial dealings between parties in conflict. The older law looked to pre-Judicature Act concepts to determine whether or not such a set-off is available. Recent English authority, now discussed, has moved away from that approach — whether or not it still controls the Australian position is a matter of argument. The Scottish law on retention provides a useful point of comparison and has been the subject of UK Supreme Court authority which is also analysed.

  • BOOK REVIEWS — Editor: Angelina Gomez
  • Sale of Businesses in Australia (2nd ed), by S A Christensen and W D Duncan
        p.60                                                                                        +cite