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  Australian Law Journal   (Australia)
  Volume 79, Number 11, November 2005
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  • CURRENT ISSUES -- Editor: Mr Justice P W Young AO
  • High Court judiciary changes
        p.663                                                                                      +cite    
  • Apologies in defamation cases
        p.663                                                                                      +cite    
  • Crime: Sexual assault
        p.663                                                                                      +cite    
  • Undue influence in probate
        p.664                                                                                      +cite    
  • Judicial Conference of Australia: Colloquium
        p.664                                                                                      +cite    
  • Problems of judges in ill health
        p.664                                                                                      +cite    
  • Culpable driving: Sentences
        p.665                                                                                      +cite    
  • Delegation of judicial obligations
        p.665                                                                                      +cite    

  • CONVEYANCING AND PROPERTY -- Editor: Peter Butt
  • Some recent decisions on easements
        p.666                                                                                      +cite    
  • Easement of necessity: When is land "landlocked"?
        p.668                                                                                      +cite    

  • RECENT CASES -- Editor: Mr Justice P W Young AO
  • Contempt of court: Whether litigant in contempt may be heard
        p.670                                                                                      +cite    
  • Foreign judgment: Registered in New South Wales - What statute of limitations applies?
        p.670                                                                                      +cite    
  • Contracts: Whether a rolled-up offer was one offer or two
        p.671                                                                                      +cite    
  • Specific performance: Whether purchaser's lien for costs
        p.671                                                                                      +cite    
  • Conflict of laws: Domicile - Illegal immigrants
        p.671                                                                                      +cite    
  • Appeal from adoption of referee's report: When appropriate
        p.672                                                                                      +cite    
  • Banks: Freezing order - Whether bank owes duty of care
        p.672                                                                                      +cite    
  • Tenders: Nature of duty of good faith in tender process
        p.672                                                                                      +cite    
  • Charities: Charitable trusts
        p.673                                                                                      +cite    
  • Restrictive covenants: Merger of dominant and servient tenement
        p.673                                                                                      +cite    
  • Limitation of actions: Accountant's negligence
        p.674                                                                                      +cite    
  • Examination summonses
        p.674                                                                                      +cite    
  • Trade Practices Act: Pyramid selling and internet gambling
        p.675                                                                                      +cite    

  • ARTICLES
  • ACCOUNT OF PROFITS, CONTRACTS AND EQUITY
        Justin Gleeson SC and James Watson
        p.676                                                                                      +cite        
        In 1944 George Blake joined the British Secret Service where he signed a contract promising not to disclose secret information. Among many other wrongs, he breached that contract when, from 1951, he became an agent for the Soviet Union, supplying secrets. He was discovered, imprisoned, and in 1966 escaped to Moscow. In 1990 he published an autobiography, including in the United Kingdom for which he was to be paid royalties. In about 1997 the Crown commenced proceedings to intercept the royalties. In Attorney-General v Blake [2001] 1 AC 268, the House of Lords determined that Blake was in breach of his 1944 contract and, on restitutionary principles, he was required to account for the profits made from the breach of contract. In this article the account at common law and in equity, restitution and Blake are considered. It is contended that, although not addressed by the Lords, the case called for an application of the equitable remedy of an account. There is Chancery authority for the analysis, and Blake is (and negative covenant cases ought to be) explicable on those authorities
  • R V BROPHO: CAREFUL INTERPRETATION OF DNA EVIDENCE REQUIRED FOR COURTROOM DECISION MAKING
        John S Buckleton, James M Curran and Simon J Walsh
        p.709                                                                                      +cite        
        R v Bropho (2004) 36 SR (WA) 328; [2004] WADC 182, a judgment of the District Court of Western Australia, has highlighted again the need for the careful interpretation of the results of independence testing with regard to DNA interpretation. The ruling is unhelpful in this regard and if implemented will be seriously counter-productive. This article examines the correct approach to the interpretation of these results and attempts to clarify additional ambiguities that may otherwise impact on the appropriate assessment of DNA evidence in Australian courts.
  • BOOK REVIEWS
        p.722                                                                                      +cite    

  • OBITUARY
  • Bradley Selway (Cth)
        p.732                                                                                      +cite