The Federation Press

Leading Cases in Contract Law

A Guide to the 100 Most Frequently Cited Judgments in Contract and Related Subjects


This book provides a summary of the 100 most cited cases in the law of contract and related subjects. Each case note contains an outline of the facts, the issues and the decision, an extract of the most frequently cited portions of the judgment, and commentary outlining the principles for which the case stands and incorporating later decisions on the topic. Each case is then distilled into a one-sentence statement of the proposition for which it can be cited as authority.

The book covers not only cases that deal directly with contract law, but also cases that relate to topics having a close connection with contract, such as estoppel, unjust enrichment, relief against forfeiture and equitable vitiating factors. This approach provides the reader with a broad overview of the issues that are relevant to the practice, or study, of contract law.

This book will be useful to law students, who can expect to read many of these cases during university, as well as to legal practitioners, providing a first point of reference for cases that, by definition, will be frequently encountered in practice.

Table of Contents

The 100 Most Frequently Cited Cases
About the Authors
Table of Cases
Table of Statutes

Selection of cases:

25: McDonald v Dennys Lascelles Ltd (1933) 48 CLR 457
26. Blomley v Ryan (1956) 99 CLR 362
27. Upper Hunter County District Council v Australian Chilling and Freezing Co Ltd (1968) 118 CLR 429
28. Brambles Holdings Ltd v Bathurst City Council (2001) 53 NSWLR 153
29. McCann v Switzerland Insurance Australia Ltd (2000) 203 CLR 579
30. Alexander v Cambridge Credit Corporation Ltd (1987) 9 NSWLR 310
31. Taylor v Johnson (1983) 151 CLR 422
32. Grundt v Great Boulder Proprietary Gold Mines Ltd (1937) 59 CLR 641
33. Garcia v National Australia Bank Ltd (1998) 194 CLR 395
34. Perri v Coolangatta Investments Pty Ltd (1982) 149 CLR 537
35. Progressive Mailing House Pty Ltd v Tabali Pty Ltd (1985) 157 CLR 17
36. Branir Pty Ltd v Owston Nominees (No 2) Pty Ltd (2001) 117 FCR 424
37. Hungerfords v Walker (1989) 171 CLR 125
38. Fitzgerald v Masters (1956) 95 CLR 420
39. Electricity Generation Corporation v Woodside Energy Pty Ltd (2014) 251 CLR 640
40. Con-Stan Industries of Australia Pty Ltd v Norwich Winterthur Insurance (Australia) Ltd (1986) 160 CLR 226
41. Baltic Shipping Company v Dillon (1993) 176 CLR 344
42. Australian Broadcasting Corporation v XIVth Commonwealth Games Ltd (1988) 18 NSWLR 540
43. Maggbury Pty Ltd v Hafele Australia Pty Ltd (2001) 210 CLR 181
44. Renard Constructions (ME) Pty Ltd v Minister for Public Works (1992) 26 NSWLR 234
45. Yerkey v Jones (1939) 63 CLR 649
46. Shevill v Builders Licensing Board (1982) 149 CLR 620
47. Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust v South Sydney City Council (2002) 240 CLR 45
48. Investors Compensation Scheme Ltd v West Bromwich Building Society [1998] 1 WLR 896
49. Stern v McArthur (1988) 165 CLR 489
50. Yango Pastoral Company Pty Ltd v First Chicago Australia Ltd (1978) 139 CLR 410

Appendix 1: Alphabetical List of Cases and Propositions
Appendix 2: List of Cases by Category
Appendix 3: List of 'Fast Riser' Cases


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