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Professional Liability in Australia, 2nd Edition

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Provides readers with a comprehensive and definitive analysis of the law of professional liability in Australia. This work is also a practical guide to prosecuting or defending claims, including examples of statement of claims, defences, interrogatories and a helpful litigation checklist.  

Authors: Stephen Walmsley, Ben Zipser, Alister Abadee

ISBN: 9780455224251

Publishers: Thomson Reuters (Lawbook Co.,)  - September 2007

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Following a chapter on general principles, each chapter explores a different profession, including doctors, solicitors, barristers, accountants and auditors, building professionals, valuers and financial services professionals.

The text covers essential topics within each profession, such as:

  • duties owed to clients and third parties;
  • standard of care and skill required;
  • principles of liability;
  • liability for breach of duty;
  • defences available;
  • damages.

Special features of the second edition include: ·

  • a discussion of expert evidence in relation to professional liability; ·
  • a significantly expanded consideration of the exposure of professionals to disciplinary sanctions; ·
  • a review of the reforms enacted by the Financial Services Reform Act 2001 and their effect on the professional obligations of financial services professionals; ·
  • a comprehensive review of the effect of the Civil Liability Acts in each State and Territory jurisdiction on claims against professionals
  • analysis of case law that has arisen in relation to the legislation; ·
  • a proposal to introduce a “forensic judgment” rule to replace the common law immunity of advocates should that immunity be abolished;
  • a review of changes to federal legislation dealing with consumer protection, which introduce contributory fault and proportionate liability.




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