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Unfair Contract Terms in Australia

ISBN13: 9780455229089
Published: November 2011
Publisher: Thomson Reuters Australia
Country of Publication: Australia
Format: Paperback
Price: £111.00

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This new and timely work provides up-to-date and detailed analysis of the new Unfair Contract Terms Law (UCTL) that was introduced as part of the Australian Consumer Law reforms of 2010, and which took effect in each state and territory from 1 January 2011.

The UCTL represents a radical change in consumer protection law and in contract law.

In Unfair Contract Terms in Australia experienced author and senior lecturer Dr Jeannie Paterson explains the operation of the UCTL and considers the implications for standard ‘boilerplate’ terms in consumer contracts. The work also examines the background to the reforms and utilises precedents drawn from similar regimes that have operated in Victoria and the UK.

Unfair Contract Terms in Australia will be highly useful for litigation purposes and compliance work. It will appeal to competition, consumer and commercial solicitors and barristers as well as regulators involved in drafting, reviewing and enforcing standard form consumer contracts.

Traders dealing with consumers will find this work invaluable as they review their contracts to ensure compliance with the legislation.

Unfair Contract Terms in Australia is a vital resource for the adjustment to, and ongoing compliance with, the new law.

Other Jurisdictions , Australia
Why regulate Unfair Terms?
Comparing the regulatory regimes – the UK and Victorian precedents
Overview of the Australian Consumer Law and UCTL – the constitutional context, transitional arrangements for the UCTL and the approach to enforcement.
Contracts and terms excluded from review for fairness
Application of the UCTL
Identifying and interpreting the terms of a contract subject to review
The test of an Unfair Term
Matters relevant in determining whether a term is unfair
Enforcement, effect and remedies
Unconscionable conduct and Unfair Terms
The Consumer Guarantee Law
The ‘Grey List’ of terms that may be unfair
Common terms that may be unfair.