Business Law, 4th Edition

ISBN: 9780730363514

New from leading author, Nick James, the fourth edition of Business Law builds on the success of its previous editions with improved coverage of contract and statutory law, problem-based learning modules and more accessible, easy-to-understand language.


This edition provides you with a unique and interesting introduction to business law. Business students need to know more than what the law is; you need to know where to find it; how to read it, how to use it and how it impacts on all areas of business. Business Law will help you develop a greater awareness of the law and its broad application to business and commercial environments.


Delivered as a full colour printed textbook with an interactive eBook code included, this title enables you to master concepts and succeed in assessment by taking the roadblocks out of self-study, with features designed to get the most out of learning. This rich digital resource brings business law to life with media such as videos, running case studies, interactives and ‘In a Nutshell’ revision materials embedded at the point of learning. The problem-based learning modules connect course concepts with real-world legal scenarios, requiring you to apply higher-order thinking skills to solve problems.


  • Real-World Applications: Connects business law concepts with real-world legal scenarios, requiring you to apply higher-order thinking skills to solve problems.
  • Accessible Content: Designed to align with a 12 or 13 week course, it delivers content in more concise, digestible chunks than previous editions, and explains legal terms in an accessible manner.
  • Remove the Roadblocks to Self-Study: The interactive eBook format provides students with scaffolding and feedback at the point-of-learning.
  • Customisable Content: The colour-coded highlights and note-taking application allow you to tag and add your own notes to important content.
  • Trusted Authorship: Know you’re getting the best content from Australia’s leading author Nick James, with improved coverage of contract and statutory law.
Professor Nick James is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law at Bond University. He is a former commercial lawyer, and has been a practising academic since 1996. His areas of teaching expertise include business and commercial law, law in society and legal theory, company law, the law of succession and property law. He has won numerous awards for his teaching including a National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, and he is the author of three textbooks Business Law, Critical Legal Thinking and The New Lawyer. He has written numerous journal articles, book chapters and conference papers in the areas of legal education, critical thinking and critical legal theory. Professor James is the Director of the Centre for Professional Legal Education, Editor-in-Chief of the Legal Education Review and a member of the Executive Committee of the Australasian Law Teachers Association (ALTA).
1. Business and the law
2. Law in Australia 1: The Australian legal system
3. Law in Australia 2: Politicians and judges
4. Legal skills: How to find, understand and use the law
5. Tort law 1: Deliberate harm
6. Tort law 2: Careless harm
7. Contract law 1: Formation of the contract
8. Contract law 2: Terms of the contract
9. Contract law 3: Enforcement of the contract
10. Contract law 4: Working with agents
11. Consumer protection and privacy law: Dealing with customers
12. Competition law: Dealing with other businesses
13. Intellectual property law: Protecting your creation
14. Managing a business 1: Start-up
15. Managing a business 2: Business ownership
16. Managing a business 3: Finance
17. Managing a business 4: Making payments and recovering debts
18. Managing a business 5: Insurance and taxes
19. Managing a business 6: Employment
20. Managing a business 7: Bankruptcy and liquidation
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Printed Textbook with Interactive E-Text Code: 9780730363514