A class of legal practitioner who is by law or custom limited to advocacy and advisory work, in any field of the law. Also known as 'counsel'.
The failure of a party to a contract to perform a contractual obligation; or an anticipatory breach.
Legal proceedings which allow the claims of many individuals against the same defendant, which arise out of the same or similar circumstances, to be conducted by a single representative.
Areas of law having particular relevance to commerce and commercial transactions, such as contract, agency, banking, insurance, finance, export and import of merchandise, carriage of goods, mercantile agency and usages, company and partnership law.
The unwritten law derived from the traditional law of England as developed by judicial precedence, interpretation, expansion and modification.
At common law, the remuneration and disbursements incurred in relation to legal work.
Control, responsibility for, or confinement.
Compensation for damage suffered; a court-awarded sum of money which places the plaintiff in the position he or she would have occupied had the legal wrong not occurred.
Any legal person against whom relief is sought in a matter, or who is required to attend proceedings in a matter as a party to the proceedings.
A proceeding, conducted by a court, tribunal, or administrator with a view to resolving issues of fact or law, in which oral evidence may be taken and documentary and real evidence tendered.
The area of law that regulates industrial relations, that is, the relations between employers and employees and their representative organisations.
The scope of the court's power to examine and determine the facts, interpret and apply the law, make orders and declare judgment. Jurisdiction may be limited by geographic area, the type of parties who appear, the type of relief that can be sought, and the point to be decided.
The subject matter of the discipline of jurisprudence; the framework of rules and regulations governing society.
Control, responsibility for, or confinement. .
The instruments embodying the creation and promulgation of laws by the Commonwealth and State legislatures; law made by Parliament, that is, statute law or Acts of Parliament. Law made by other bodies under the authority of Parliament is termed delegated legislation.
A person's present or prospective legal responsibility, duty, or obligation.
A permit to do something which would without a licence be unlawful.
The conduct of legal proceedings by parties before a court.
A judicial officer appointed by the executive government to hear and determine civil and criminal matters arising in courts of summary jurisdiction.
A method of dispute resolution which includes undertaking any activity for the purpose of promoting the discussion and settlement of disputes, bringing together the parties to any dispute for that purpose, and the follow-up of any matter being the subject of such discussion or settlement.
In civil proceedings, an agreement where parties to proceedings, without reference to the court and at any time before final judgment, to settle or compromise all or any of the matters in issue between them.
A person who seeks relief against any other person by any form of proceedings in a court.
A word which can be used to describe every type of right (that is, a claim recognised by law), interest, or thing which is legally capable of ownership, and which has a value.
A risk of liability to the public at large against which an insurance policy may be obtained.
A class of legal practitioner, generally responsible for advising clients on legal matters, preparing legal documents, representing clients in summary matters, and instructing barristers in relation to more complex advocacy work.
A statement made without an intention to affect the legal rights of any person.