The law handbook: your practical guide to the law in NSW

The law handbook: your practical guide to the law in NSW

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The Law handbook is the single most important plain English guide to the law in NSW. It provides a practical guide to 40 legal topics – legal issues which affect people in their everyday lives.

All chapters from the 15th edition of The law handbook provided by Thomson Reuters for publication on the Find Legal Answers website. This edition is up to date as of October 2019.

Copies of this book are also available in the Find Legal Answers Tool Kit at your local public library.


Chapter six


Alternatives to bankruptcy - entering bankruptcy - effects of bankruptcy on property and income - obligations, restrictions and rights - ending bankruptcy.

Chapter seven

Children and young people

Children and criminal law - children and police - Young Offenders Act - criminal proceedings - Children's Court (NSW) - criminal records - care and protection of children and young people - adoption - schooling -leaving home - change of name - age of consent - tattoos and piercing - alcohol and tobacco. 

Chapter eight

Community organisations

Incorporating an association - companies limited by guarantee - cooperatives - registering a name - dealing with money - taxation - appeals for funds - charitable fundraising.

Chapter nine


Complaints about government - state and federal administrative law - the Ombudsman - the Independent Commission Against Corruption - specialist tribunals and courts - judicial review - complaints about police - complaints about lawyers - the Legal Services Commissioner - Bar Association - Law Society - costs assessment scheme - court action for negligence - money held in trust.

Chapter ten


Consumer protection laws - real estate agents - motor vehicles - lawyers - conveyancers - funeral services - health services - resolving consumer disputes - energy consumers and contracts - debt collection and credit reporting - customer service standards - tenants - making a complaint - offences relating to water - metropolitan and regional consumers.


The law handbook, 15th edition, 2020. This edition is up to date as of October 2019.
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