|Book||Limitation of Actions - The Laws of Australia, 3rd Edition||07/12/2011||9780455229874||$150.00|
Limitation of Actions – The Laws of Australia, 3rd Edition is the leading text on limitation periods in Australia. It is the only current and comprehensive study of limitation periods across all Australian jurisdictions.
For the Third Edition, the entire work has been revised and extensively rewritten. There is now a separate chapter on the complex topic of limitation periods in personal injury cases and the extension or postponement of limitation periods. The Third Edition also includes discussion of recent Australian and overseas case law making sense of changing legislative frameworks and other developing areas of this important subject.
This unique work is an essential reference for all Australian practitioners as a matter of professional compliance and risk management. The portable and user-friendly format is designed to save time for the busy practitioner, without compromising depth of analysis. The quick-reference Table of Limitation of Actions featured in this work, summarising the limitation periods for different classes of claims in each State and Territory, has proved to be a valuable research tool for practitioners, the judiciary and academics alike.
Author Peter Handford, Winthrop Professor of Law at the University of Western Australia, is renowned in the field of limitation of actions. His dedication to the subject brought forth the ground-breaking First Edition, and the contribution of his expertise to Limitation of Actions – The Laws of Australia, 3rd Edition ensures the continuing high standard of this important work.
This material is also published as part of Title 5 “Civil Procedure” of The Laws of Australia legal encyclopaedia.
From: Ethos, June 2012
Reviewed by Don Malcolmson, Malcolmson Lawyers
A question that invariably crops up at a very early stage of any contemplated litigation is whether there is a limitation period, and, if so, what is it.
Australian limitation laws differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. There are nine separate statutes across the country and recent attempts to implement uniform legislation across all jurisdictions have yet to come to fruition.
There is an interesting discussion of recent Australian and overseas case law that makes a persuasive case for reform in this area.
For me, one of the most useful features of this book is the inclusion of a table of limitation of actions, summarising succinctly the limitation periods for different classes of claims in each state and territory. This is particularly helpful for practitioners who are conducting cases in more than one jurisdiction.
The author is a respected authority in the field of limitation actions. His clear expression and user friendly format will prove invaluable to the busy practitioner who seeks an easy to understand analysis of this important area of law. I have no hesitation in recommending the book to practitioners, the judiciary and academics alike.