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Canadian Business and the Law, 7th Edition

By Lorrie Adams, Dorothy Duplessis, Steve Enman, Philip King, Shannon O'Byrne
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ISBN-10: 0176795081
ISBN-13: 9780176795085
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 7th

The seventh edition of Canadian Business and the Law continues to be the preeminent resource for business students who require an understanding of the integral role the law plays in all business decisions. This product was the first to bring a risk management approach to Canadian business law textbooks and uses this framework throughout the text. The authors explain the basic legal principles and concepts in an engaging and relevant way by contextualizing it to real business scenarios, helping students understand how they can both manage and minimize legal risk when making business decisions.


  • *NEW* This new edition introduces Indigenous laws and Aboriginal law as a sustained topic. There are many reasons for this addition, including the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2015); the importance of reconciliation through inclusivity and curriculum reform; the relevance of Indigenous and Aboriginal legal matters to education in business schools at large; and the significance of Indigenous laws and Aboriginal law to business on a variety of fronts. Scholars in the areas of Indigenous laws and Aboriginal law were consulted throughout the entire revision process.
  • *NEW* Some areas of coverage include Indigenous People and Constitutional Law, Duty to Consult and Accommodate, Offensive Names in Sport, The Nature of Aboriginal Title, and Section 89 of the Indian Act.
  • "Business Law in Practice" scenarios open each chapter with a business situation containing both legal and managerial implications. There are also questions posed by this scenario that encourage critical thinking.
  • "Business Application of the Law" is a boxed feature found throughout the text that provides examples of the impact of the law on business enterprises.
  • Other features include "Technology and the Law," "International Perspective," and "Environmental Perspective"; all provide additional opportunities for information to be contextualized for students.
  • "Landmark Case" and "Business and Legislation" features provide an account of pivotal case law and historical legislative initiatives.
  • "Ethical Considerations" feature assists students in assessing the sometimes uncomfortable compromises the law sometime forges between competing interests.
  • The risk management model is introduced in Part 1 and is applied in every subsequent part of the book.

Table of Contents

  • About the Authors
  • Brief Contents
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Table of Cases
  • Table of Statutes
  • Part One: The Legal Environment of Business
  • Chapter 1: Knowledge of Law as a Business Asset
  • Chapter 2: The Canadian Legal System
  • Chapter 3: Managing Legal Risks
  • Chapter 4: Dispute Resolution
  • Part Two: Contracts
  • Chapter 5: An Introduction to Contracts
  • Chapter 6: Forming Contractual Relationships
  • Chapter 7: The Terms of a Contract
  • Chapter 8: Non-Enforcement of Contracts
  • Chapter 9: Termination and Enforcement of Contracts
  • Part Three: Business Torts
  • Chapter 10: Introduction to Tort Law
  • Chapter 11: The Tort of Negligence
  • Chapter 12: Other Torts
  • Part Four: Structuring Business Activity
  • Chapter 13: The Agency Relationship
  • Chapter 14: Business Forms and Arrangements
  • Chapter 15: The Corporate Form: Organizational Matters
  • Chapter 16: The Corporate Form: Operational Matters
  • Part Five: Property
  • Chapter 17: Introduction to Property Law
  • Chapter 18: Intellectual Property
  • Chapter 19: Real Property
  • Part Six: Employment and Professional Relationships
  • Chapter 20: The Employment Relationship
  • Chapter 21: Terminating the Employment Relationship
  • Chapter 22: Professional Services
  • Part Seven: The Sale of Goods, Consumer Protection, and Competition Law
  • Chapter 23: The Sale of Goods
  • Chapter 24: Consumer Protection and Competition Law
  • Part Eight: Financing the Business
  • Chapter 25: Business and Banking
  • Chapter 26: The Legal Aspects of Credit
  • Chapter 27: Bankruptcy and Insolvency
  • Part Nine: Transference of Risk
  • Chapter 28: Insurance
  • Glossary
  • Index

Author Information

Dorothy Duplessis

Dorothy Roberta Ruth DuPlessis, B.Com. (Dalhousie University), LL.B. (Dalhousie University), M.B.A. (Dalhousie University), LL.M. (University of London), is a professor in the Faculty of Business Administration, University of New Brunswick (Fredericton). She is also a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society. Professor DuPlessis has taught courses in business law, administrative law, international law, and Internet law at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has also lectured at the Czech Management School and at the Institute of Professional Management. Professor DuPlessis has published articles on auditor's and director's liability, copyright, and university administration. She is also the law examiner for the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada.

Shannon O'Byrne

Shannon Kathleen O'Byrne, B.A. (University of Regina), M.A., LL.B., LL.M. (University of Alberta), is a professor in the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta, and a former Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. She is a former member of the Law Society of Alberta (called in 1987) and is a past member of the board of directors of the Edmonton Bar Association. She is the recipient of the University of Alberta's highest teaching honour, the Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, as well as the Faculty of Law's Teaching Excellence Award, named after the Hon. Mr. Justice Tevie Miller. Professor O'Byrne's articles have been cited with approval by courts across the country, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Philip King

Philip King, B Hons Philosophy (University of Western Ontario), LL.B. (University of Western Ontario), M.B.A. Richard Ivey School of Business, (University of Western Ontario) teaches law at Western University and practices corporate and commercial law in London, Ontario. Philip has practiced law since 1992, helping businesspeople achieve their goals by managing legal issues effectively. During that time, Philip has had the privilege of working with some of Canada's finest lawyers and businesspeople. While at Western, Philip was awarded the gold medal in the combined Law and M.B.A. program. Following graduation and a stint at a major Canadian law firm on Bay Street in Toronto, Philip returned to London, where he now practices law and teaches at Western Law, the Richard Ivey School of Business, and the Dan Program in Management and Organizational Studies. Philip and his wife Monica have two boys, Daniel and Joshua. Philip is an avid mountain biker and hiker and tries to spend as much time as possible out in the woods.

Lorrie Adams

Lorrie Adams, B. Comm., LL.B., LL.M. (University of Alberta), is an assistant professor in the School of Business at MacEwan University (Edmonton) where she is a member of the department of International Business, Marketing, Strategy and Law. At MacEwan University she has chaired two School of Business programs and has taught courses in business law, employment law, international business transactions, and civil procedures. She has been a presenter for Alberta's bar admission program and is an evaluator and facilitator for the Canadian Center for Professional Legal Education (the organization that administers the bar admission program in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba). Lorrie has been a member of the Law Society of Alberta since 1993 and practiced law in Edmonton for 17 years, advising insurers on a range of tort liability, litigation, and contract matters.

Steve Enman

Steven Enman, B.B.A. (Acadia University), LL.B. (Dalhousie University), LL.M. (Bristol University), was an associate professor in the Fred C. Manning School of Business Administration, Acadia University, and a director of the school when he retired in 2011. He was admitted to the bar of Nova Scotia in 1978, taught business law at Acadia for 32 years, and is a retired member of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society. Professor Enman is a member of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. He was the editor of two editions of Canadian Business Law Cases. He has presented papers at conferences dealing with privacy, unconscionable contracts, and commercial morality.