Author Archives: Legal Eagle

Why I am voting Yes in the SSM postal survey (but won’t be telling anyone else how to vote)

It probably won’t surprise anyone who knows me well that I’ll be voting “Yes” in the Same Sex Marriage postal survey. After all, I’m a small-l liberal, non-religious legal academic with many friends in same-sex relationships. I’m the stereotypical “Yes” voter. But I have become increasingly concerned that the “Yes” vote will not win, despite […]

The Earth Below – to be published by Ligature publishing

I’m delighted to announce that my Young Adult dystopian fiction book, ‘The Earth Below’ will be published by ligatu.re, hopefully next year. The book had already been highly commended in the Victorian Premier’s Unpublished Manuscript Awards in 2016. I had a publisher and some agents express an interest in the book, but after some months, […]

Manchester, my second home

It was an exodus, a journey to the land of our forebears. And then I got there and I thought, “Why the bloody hell did we bother? I can see why my ancestors left.” You see, I’m Australian, but my family and I lived in Manchester from 1991 to 1994. I completed my high schooling […]

So long, thanks for all the fish from Legal Eagle…

I’m writing to say a sad but fond farewell to you all at Skepticlawyer. I haven’t been about at all for the last year or so. I have found that full time work and raising two young kids have left very little time and energy left for much else. In addition, I have continued to […]

Melbourne Law School High Court Blog

Melbourne Law School has just set up a new High Court Blog (Opinions on High) with yours truly as one of the editors. I won’t be writing regular detailed posts in the way that I have traditionally done for Skepticlawyer, although I did write this one on malicious prosecution for the new blog. The other […]

Apologies

I frequently get comments from female working friends with kids who say, “I don’t know how you combine full-time work, two young kids and blogging! What’s your secret?” It’s a juggle which involves many late nights and a sympathetic, helpful husband. I have often wondered how many balls I can simultaneously juggle, as I’m one […]

Some scenarios involving proprietary remedies

I’m always interested in what people who are not totally devoted to a particular area of law think about certain cases. At the moment I’m working on the issue of proprietary remedies over bribes taken in breach of fiduciary duty. I’m going to put two scenarios to you (derived from the cases) and ask you […]

Some lawyers take screwing their clients literally

Sorry I haven’t been about very much. Short story: I am in Oxford and I do not presently have the resources to access anything except the visitor wireless network which generally bans (a) my work e-mail and (b) this site as deeply suspicious. Don’t ask. Hopefully to be rectified soon. But it is a red […]

Apologies and the law: Alan Jones again

one thing I don’t need is any more apologies i got sorry greetin me at my front door you can keep yrs i don’t know what to do wit em they don’t open doors or bring the sun back they don’t make me happy or get a mornin paper didn’t nobody stop usin my tears […]

Lumley v Wagner: The Nonperformance of the Cantatrice

I love cases. I simply love cases. I love the drama of them, and I love to go hunting for extra facts about the case. The case of Lumley v Wagner (1852) 1 De GM & G 604; 42 ER 687 involved Johanna Wagner, a famous German singer (and the niece of Richard Wagner). She […]