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Contemporary Canadian Business Law

Contemporary Canadian Business Law - 8th edition

Contemporary Canadian Business Law - 8th edition

ISBN13: 9780070951600

ISBN10: 0070951608

Contemporary Canadian Business Law by John A. Willes and John H. Willes - ISBN 9780070951600
Edition: 8TH 06
Copyright: 2006
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Ryerson
Published: 2006
International: No
Contemporary Canadian Business Law by John A. Willes and John H. Willes - ISBN 9780070951600

ISBN13: 9780070951600

ISBN10: 0070951608

Edition: 8TH 06


The objective of Contemporary Canadian Business Law is to inform and educate business law students who will need to identify when legal advice may be required. Willes is relevant to business students through the inclusion of pedagogical elements such as Case in Point, Business Law in practice, Front Page Law boxes and Rights, Wrongs and Ethics boxes. New features are shaded examples within the text, checklists and “Business Ventures in Quebec” boxes. These boxes illustrate how legal outcomes can be significantly different in Quebec. The Landmark Cases have now been integrated into the text as “Court Decisions”. The focus of many Canadian Business Law courses is to provide students with an understanding of the dynamic legal system and the issues relevant to doing business in Canada. The improvements to this edition enhance currency, accuracy and readability of the material.
New Features :
  • Part Openers have been reduced to one page with the chapter numbers listed that are included within the part. Material from the part-openers has been folded back into the respective chapter
  • NEW Business Ventures in Quebec Box. These boxes indicate the differences in legal outcomes in Quebec.
  • Court Decisions
  • The “Landmark Cases” at the end of each chapter in the seventh edition, have now been updated and integrated into the chapters as “Court Decisions”.
  • Chapter Weblinks
  • Annotated web site addresses appear at the end of each chapter.
  • Key Terms
  • Within each chapter, key terms are highlighted in boldface type when they first appear, with a running glossary in the margins of the text for quick reminders. For reference, there is a comprehensive list of key terms at the end of each chapter with page references for each term, and a full glossary at the back of the text.
  • Mini-Case Problems The brief mini-case problems allow the students to apply the concepts learned in the chapter.
  • Complete review of meaningful business focus throughout the text.
  • Stronger integration of the implications of risk and responses in law throughout the text.
  • More examples across the board in a new, shaded format.
  • More subheadings throughout the text, increasing clarity, logical understanding, and reference capability.
  • New managerial checklists integrated within the text, ideal as a study aid and for future quick reference.
  • New “Business Ventures in Quebec” features in each substantive chapter recognize the distinct nature of business and law in Quebec, and the implications for managers who see all of Canada as their marketplace – a first among Canadian business law textbooks.
  • Part Opener material is now directly integrated into the text material itself, allowing better “stand-alone” use of chapters without a loss of context
  • Key Terms for each chapter are now comprehensive, taken from the text material itself, rather than a summary of margin definitions.
  • All chapter weblinks are authoritative sources with verified high level URLs which are unlikely to change rapidly (for continued functionality) and are accompanied by navigation suggestions and search terms as appropriate.
  • Landmark Cases have been replaced with Court Decisions: Practical Applications of the Law. These are very recent cases, selected on the basis of their ability to illustrate an essential chapter principle and the elements of the judicial thinking that resulted in the particular outcome of the case.
  • A balanced representation of Canada’s many jurisdictions from the Pacific to Atlantic to Arctic has been achieved. There are also more Supreme Court of Canada cases.
  • Case law coverage for each topic in each jurisdiction in the CCBL Case Citator.
  • The Law and the Professional, Chapter 6, a new chapter, specifically treats the higher responsibilities and liabilities of many types of professional service providers, including engineers and accountants.
  • International Business Law, Chapter 35, has been updated to reflect international developments since the establishment of the WTO and the release of the 7th Edition of our text, and increases its focus on the legal risks associated with international operations

Retained Features :
  • Chapter Objectives. Each chapter begins with a list of its primary learning objectives. This useful tool enables students to gauge their progress and understanding while working through each chapter. This list is preceded by an introductory sentence that frames the chapter within a business context.
  • Boxed Elements. Case in Point box now in most chapters, Case in Points gives a brief description of a recent legal decision that affects the business world, reinforcing the lessons learned in the text and the Landmark Cases.
  • Business Law in Practice Box. The ‘BLIPs’ describe how the law applies to business persons.
  • Front Page Law Box. This feature takes its inspiration from headlines in the media. The authors have identified the relevant topic that relates to the news article, explained the legal/business context, and included a question for discussion.
  • Rights, Wrongs and Ethics Box This box raises ethical questions for discussion with respect to particular business activities and compliance with the law. A springboard for exploration of legal issues in business that are in today’s headline news and are timeless.
  • Check Points. Numbered lists substantiating the key points in the chapter.
  • Provincial Law Icon. The Provincial Law icon enables students to refer to the applicable statutes of each province on the text’s website
  • Charts and Diagrams. Charts and diagrams have been included throughout the text serving to illustrate and clarify important concepts.
  • Chapter Summary A summary at the end of each chapter reviews the important concepts of the chapter
  • Review Questions assist students with their review of the chapter material.
  • Case Problems for Discussion Each chapter concludes with extensive case material that offers students the opportunity to apply the law to specific fact situations and arrive at their own conclusions as to how a case should be decided.
  • The Law and the Legal System, Chapter 1, now includes new constitutional
  • developments and discusses business implications of same sex marriage on employee benefits.
  • The Judicial System, Chapter 2, includes updates for courts of original jurisdiction and appeal for each province and territory.
  • Intentional Torts, Chapter 4, and Negligence, Chapter 5, provide enhanced coverage of business torts.
  • The Law of Contract, Chapters 7 through 14, takes an even stronger business focus with more examples, all updated for relevancy, and with updated requirements of form and writing to reflect electronic documents and various repeals and amendments to the Statute of Frauds.
  • Electronic Business Law, Chapter 15, is significantly expanded, becoming Electronic Business Law and Data Protection, including federal and provincial PIPEDA document and information protection, as well legal imperatives in management oversight of corporate email and IT systems, and new developments in e-business jurisprudence.
  • Sole Proprietorship and Partnership, Chapter 17, now treats sole proprietorship as an explicit part of the text material
  • Corporation Law, Chapter 18, is now more comprehensive, treating the hot topics of director’s responsibility and liability, and the defence of due diligence, as well as much more on internal corporate arrangements: shareholder agreements, business and law considerations in asset and share purchases, and shareholder remedies.
  • Securities Regulation, Chapter 19 is updated to reflect changes in Canada’s capital market structure and provides an outline of the practical steps taken in a share offering by prospectus.
  • The Employment Relationship, Chapter 20 and Labour Law, Chapter 21, have been updated to reflect the changes in this field since the release of our 7th Edition.
  • Law of Negotiable Instruments, Chapter 26, provides more clarity with a table on the essential differences between bills of exchange and promissory notes.
  • The Law of Real Property, Chapters 28-31, is fully updated, and now has an increased business focus, with new coverage of appraisals and property inspections, and electronic property registration regimes
  • Security for Debt, Chapter 32, is also fully updated, and now includes a step-by-step illustration of a construction lien action, from beginning to end.
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency, Chapter 33, has been edited and amended for greater clarity and understanding of its financial and legal implications.
  • Environmental Law, Chapter 36, now covers Canadian responsibilities resulting from the Kyoto Protocol

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 The Law and the Legal System
Chapter 2 The Judicial System
Chapter 3 Administrative Law


Chapter 4 Intentional Torts
Chapter 5 Negligence and Unintentional Torts
Chapter 6 Special Tort Liabilities of Business Professionals


Chapter 7 An Introduction to the Legal Relationship
Chapter 8 Requirement of Consideration
Chapter 9 Legal Capacity to Contract and the Requirement of Legality
Chapter 10 The Requirements of Form and Writing
Chapter 11 Failure to Create an Enforceable Contract
Chapter 12 The Extent of Contractual Rights
Chapter 13 Performance of Contractual Obligations
Chapter 14 Breach of Contract and Remedies
Chapter 15 Electronic Business Law and Data Protection


Chapter 16 Law of Agency
Chapter 17 Law of Sole Proprietorship and Partnership
Chapter 18 Corporation Law
Chapter 19 Securities Regulation

Chapter 20 The Employment Relationship
Chapter 21 Labour Law
Chapter 22 The Law of Bailment
Chapter 23 The Sale of Goods
Chapter 24 Consumer Protection Legislation
Chapter 25 Restrictive Trade Practices
Chapter 26 Insurance Law
Chapter 27 Law of Negotiable Instruments


Chapter 28 Interests in Land
Chapter 29 The Law of Mortgages
Chapter 30 Leasehold Interests
Chapter 31 Commercial and Residential Real-Estate Transactions


Chapter 32 Security for Debt
Chapter 33 Bankruptcy and Insolvency


Chapter 34 Intellectual Property, Patents, Trademarks, Copyright, and Franchising
Chapter 35 International Business Law
Chapter 36 Environmental Law