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  Australian Law Journal   (Australia)
  Volume 84, Number 4, April 2010
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  • CURRENT ISSUES — Editor: Mr Justice P W Young AO
  • American Bar Association Sydney Conference
        p.207                                                                                      +cite    
  • US forces in North Queensland in World War II
        p.207                                                                                      +cite    
  • The Keane solution
        p.208                                                                                      +cite    
  • Separation of powers: Possible new constitutional crisis
        p.208                                                                                      +cite    
  • Crime and punishment
        p.209                                                                                      +cite    
  • Loafing: Now judicially defined
        p.209                                                                                      +cite    
  • "Three clear Sundays"
        p.210                                                                                      +cite    
  • Νοrm & Νarelle (Νο 3)
        p.211                                                                                      +cite    
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR
        p.212                                                                                      +cite    

  • CONVEYANCING AND PROPERTY — Editor: Peter Butt
  • Virtual assignments
        p.213                                                                                      +cite    
  • How far down do you own?
        p.213                                                                                      +cite    
  • Rights to underground water
        p.214                                                                                      +cite    

  • PEOPLE IN THE LAW — Editor: Geoff Lindsay SC
  • Justice R A Hulme (NSW)
        p.217                                                                                      +cite    

  • RECENT CASES — Editor: Mr Justice P W Young AO
  • Easements and profits à prendre
        p.218                                                                                      +cite    
  • Jurisdictional error
        p.219                                                                                      +cite    
  • Mining and the law of trespass
        p.220                                                                                      +cite    
  • Criminal law: What is an act of indecency?
        p.220                                                                                      +cite    
  • Wills: In contemplation of marriage
        p.221                                                                                      +cite    
  • Wills: Soldier on active service
        p.222                                                                                      +cite    
  • Compensation for loss of water allocation
        p.222                                                                                      +cite    
  • Criminal law: Undertakings, mitigation and best practice
        p.223                                                                                      +cite    

  • ARTICLES
  • THOUGHTS ON THE LAW OF EQUITABLE ESTOPPEL
        Rt Hon Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbiry
        p.225                                                                                      +cite        
        The author addresses generally equitable estoppel and after a brief history of the beginnings of equitable estoppel, summarises the three recent cases of the House of Lords, Cobbe v Yeoman's Row Management Ltd [2008] 1 WLR 1752, Thomer v Major [2009] 1 WLR 776, and Fisher v Booker [2009] 1 WLR 1764, before focusing on the difference in approach in Cobbe and in Thomer. Through this focus, and a review of Australian authorities, the author then deals with issues such as the difference between contract and estoppel, unconscionability in the commercial/domestic context, an Australian view of the domestic/commercial dichotomy, constructive trusts looking in detail at Stack v Dowden [2007] 2 AC 432, and finally ending with a look at the possibility of a unified theory of estoppel in equity.
  • FURTHER THOUGHTS ON PROPRIETARY ESTOPPEL
        Hon K R Handley
        p.239                                                                                      +cite        
        This article is a response to the various issues raised by Lord Neuberger in "Thoughts on the law of equitable estoppel" (above). The author briefly addresses the time lapse between the House of Lords considering proprietary estoppel in Ramsden v Dyson (1866) LR 1 HL 129 and then in Cobbe v Yoeman's Row Management Ltd (2008) 1 WLR 1752, before exploring unconscionability in detail. The article then touches on the use of promise or assurance to refer to statements about the future and the scope of proprietary estoppel in domestic cases. In conclusion, the author comments on the possibility of recognising an overarching doctrine of estoppel.
  • SCIENCE AND JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS: SEVENTY-SIX YEARS ON
        Chief Justice Robert French
        p.244                                                                                      +cite        
        The intersection of law and science, particularly in relation to causality and the legal concept of causation, were of considerable interest to Sir Owen Dixon. In this article, revisiting Dixon's 1933 lecture "Science and Judicial Proceedings", the Chief Justice refers to Dixon's deep interest in science and the issues to which it can give rise in legal proceedings. The 1933 lecture followed shortly after the judgment of the High Court in Australian Knitting Mills Ltd v Grant (1933) 50 CLR 387 which involved consideration of expert testimony and causal connections between product characteristics and personal injury to the consumer.
  • LIMITATION OF ACTIONS AND PRICE-FIXING CARTELS
        Perry Herzfeld
        p.254                                                                                      +cite        
        This article considers the extent to which members of price-fixing cartels, sued for damages by consumers under s 82(1) of the Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth), can rely upon the limitation period in s 82(2). It first considers when the cause of action accrues, concluding that it can accrue before a cartel is discovered. Secondly, it argues that equitable and common law doctrines do not prevent cartel members relying on the limitation period. Thirdly, it explains why s 87(1) cannot be used to circumvent the expiry of the limitation period. Finally, it concludes that the Act should be amended to delay commencement of the limitation period, at least in the case of breaches of Pt IV, where the action is based on fraud or the right of action is concealed by fraud, until the plaintiff discovers the fraud or could with reasonable diligence have discovered it.

  • BOOK REVIEWS
  • Fiduciary Loyalty: Protecting the Due Performance of Non-Fiduciary Duties by Matthew Conaglen
        p.273                                                                                      +cite    
  • Coming to Terms: Aboriginal Title in South Australia by Shaun Berg
        p.274                                                                                      +cite    
  • Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law by Roger K Newman
        p.276                                                                                      +cite