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Since the last edition was completed at the end of 2004 most of the changes that have occurred in the law of contract have been clarifications of how existing principles apply in particular instances.
There have also been some important cases and they, together with statutory amendments that have been made, are covered in this edition.
The most important cases include the High Court, Federal Court and State court decisions, starting with Pacific Carriers Ltd v BNP Paribas, that confirmed the importance of the parties’ objectively determined contractual intention when deciding whether particular matters have become terms of the contract.
Other significant decisions included in this edition are:-
New to the sixth edition is a section on “disgorgement damages”, which, while not yet awarded in Australia, have been awarded in the United States and have been raised as a possible remedy for appropriate breaches of contract in the United Kingdom.