New Canadian Law-Related Books of Interest (To Me)

There are a number of newly-published-or-soon-to-be published new editions or new titles in the Canadian legal literature that caught my eye as being useful research tools.

I have set some of these titles out below in alphabetical order by publisher (note: the dates indicated are from the publisher’s website; as you know, these dates are sometimes “approximate” due to the inevitable delays – usually by authors! – in getting books finalized for publication):

Canada Law Book (now part of Thomson Reuters)

  • The Law of Subdivision Control in Ontario, 3d ed (Sidney H. Troister) (January 2011): Although this book has been out for a few months, I have not done a "new book" roundup for awhile so thought I would mention it since this is a complicated area of law and I have found the previous editions to be very useful.

Carswell / Thomson Reuters

  • Cause of Action: Occupiers’ Liability (Janet E. Smith) (31 May 2011): I am old enough such that Di Castri’s 1980 text of the same title was the current title on this topic, so this should be a useful publication.
  • Behind and Beyond Boilerplate: Drafting Commercial Agreements, 3d ed (Cynthia L. Elderkin & Julia S. Shin Doi) (August 2011): The foregoing link is to the current second edition from 2005, one of my favourite titles, so I will be looking forward to the release of a new edition, currently listed on Carswell’s site as being due for publication later this year.
  • The Law of Fraud and the Forensic Investigator, 2d ed (David Debenham) (March 2011): David, a partner in my firm’s Ottawa office who is trained as both a lawyer and accountant, has done a new edition of this book on the law of fraud and forensic investigation.
  • Executive Liability and the Law, 2d ed (David Debenham) (July 2011): David will also be shortly releasing a new edition of this text, a useful research tool for advising officers and directors.

Irwin Law

  • Law of Torts, 4th ed (Philip Osborne): Although I don’t want to be accused of being over-promotional here (since Irwin Law is also one of my publishers), the blurb on the foregoing link is actually a good summary of this work: “a concise and accessible introduction to the principles of tort law in Canada, the social policies underlying the law, and current trends in judicial decision-making.” This new edition should be good.
  • Canadian Telecommunications Law (Robert Howell) (February 2011): Although this title has been out for awhile, it covers a topic not otherwise well covered in the Canadian legal literature and should be a useful addition for researchers.

LexisNexis Canada

  • Drafting Trusts and Will Trusts in Canada, 3d ed (James Kessler, QC, and Fiona Hunter) (August 2011): I like titles that provide both precedents and commentary so am looking forward to this new edition due out later this summer.
  • Assessment of Personal Injury Damages, 5th ed (Christopher Bruce, Kelly Rathje, & Laura Weir) (June 2011): An important text for lawyers when trying to assess likely personal injury damages.
  • Canadian Tort Law, 9th ed (The Honourable Allen M. Linden & Bruce Feldthusen) (February 2011): Already in a 9th edition, this classic treatise has been out for a few months now but is an essential resource for anyone researching tort law.
  • The Law of Civil Procedure in Ontario (The Honourable Mr. Justice Paul M. Perell & The Honourable John W. Morden) (2010): Although this book has been out for awhile now, I don’t think I mentioned it in earlier posts. Given the stature of the authors and their experience with civil procedure, this text will be required reading for most litigators researching issues of civil procedure.

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