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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 eleven


Development of contract law - consumer legislation - essentials of a valid contract - agreement - intention - legal capacity to enter contracts - formal requirements - consent - illegal contracts - express and implied terms - written and oral terms - conditions and warranties - exclusion clauses - cooling off periods - ending a contract - breach of contract - damages.

Chapter twelve


Copyright ownership - copyright protection - moral rights - performers' protection - infringement of copyright.

Chapter thirteen


Overview of the national credit law - licensing requirements - disclosure obligations - responsible lending - fees and interest - disputes - pawnbrokers - credit reporting - access to credit information - debt collection.

Chapter fourteen

Criminal law

Types of crime - summary and indictable offences - basic principles of criminal law - examples of crimes - assault - homicide - stealing - shoplifting - burglary - offences in public places - offences involving knives - criminal trespass - enclosed lands - drunkenness - penalties - sex work - sex industry workplaces. 

Chapter fifteen


Demands for payment - letter of demand - going to court - creditor - debtor - default judgment - defending a claim - Small Claims Division - enforcing the judgment debt - when must the debt be paid - garnishment - writ of execution - bankruptcy.


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