Project Description

Business & Company Law, 1st Edition

Business and Company Law, 1st Edition (James and Chapple, et al.) is designed to suit the typical combined unit taught in the Master of Professional Accounting program. Focused on the application of commercial and corporate law to business, the problem-based learning modules connect course concepts with real-world legal scenarios, requiring students to apply higher-order thinking skills to solve problems.

This full-colour printed textbook with an interactive eBook code enables every student to master concepts and succeed in assessment, and supports lecturers with an extensive and easy-to-use teaching and learning package.


Designed for Learning

In Situ Videos

Exclusive videos from high-profile Australian practitioners and authors to put key concepts in context and provide insights

Real-world Applications

Connects concepts with real-world legal scenarios, requiring students to apply higher-order thinking skills to solve problems

Accessible Content

Designed to align with the typical combined postgraduate unit, the course content is delivered in concise, digestible chunks

Powerful Digital Capabilities

Available as a full colour printed textbook with an interactive eBook code, this title enables every student to master concepts and succeed in assessment. Lecturers are supported with an extensive, easy-to-use teaching and learning package.

Select the features from the right hand side menu to see more details.

Wiley Interactive E-Text
Wiley Interactive E-Text
Click to play this short video
Animated case studies
Animated case studies

Animated case studies ask students to apply their learning in realistic legal scenarios, with instant feedback helping them identify areas for further study.

Practitioner videos
Practitioner videos

Video insights from high-profile practitioners help students connect course concepts with real-world local cases

Author videos
Author videos

Original author videos embedded in the textbook to help bringing content to life and place key concepts in context.

Search, highlight & annotate
Search, highlight & annotate

Interactive textbook lets students search, highlight and take notes within the text for efficient study

19 Topics

  • Chapter 1. Business and the law
  • Chapter 2. The Australian legal system
  • Chapter 3. Deliberately causing harm
  • Chapter 4. Carelessly causing harm
  • Chapter 5. Contract law: formation of the contract
  • Chapter 6. Contract law: terms of the contract
  • Chapter 7. Contract law: enforcement of contract
  • Chapter 8. Contract law: working with agents
  • Chapter 9. Dealing with consumers
  • Chapter 10. Business organisations
  • Chapter 11. Companies and incorporation
  • Chapter 12. Company constitution
  • Chapter 13. Membership
  • Chapter 14. Members remedies
  • Chapter 15. Corporate governance and company management
  • Chapter 16. Directors and officers duties A
  • Chapter 17. Directors and officers duties B
  • Chapter 18. Receivership and administration
  • Chapter 19. Insolvency



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. 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).

ellie chapple

Professor Ellie Chapple, LLB, LLM, SJD, is a professor in the QUT Business School at the Queensland University of Technology. During her academic career at several Australian universities, she has taught corporations law to undergraduate and postgraduate law and business students.

Ellie’s research interests relate to the regulation and compliance of corporate reporting and disclosure. Ellie is the past President of the Corporate Law Teachers of Australia.

Alex WongAlex Wong, BCom, LLB, MTax, CA and CFP is a lecturer in tax law and company law at RMIT. In addition, Alex teaches tax law and company law at the postgraduate and undergraduate level at other universities. Alex is interested in bridging the theoretical world of corporate and tax law to the practical applications of those principles, and ensuring that business students understand how to apply these principles in the real world as accountants and business advisers.

Richard BaumfieldRichard Baumfield, BBus, LLB, LLM, is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Bond University. He teaches primarily in the area of corporate law, teaching to both law students and commerce students. Richard was previously a partner with the New York law firm of Andrews Kurth where he specialised in corporate restructuring. In addition to his work at Bond University, Richard sits on a number of company boards including the board of Intrepid Mines Ltd — an ASX listed mining company.


Dr Richard Copp, BCom, BEcon, LLM, practised as a barrister for 15 years before joining Griffith Business School. In practice, Richard specialised in commercial law; corporate insolvency (including company liquidations, voluntary administrations, receiverships and schemes of arrangement); trade practices law and competition law; and income tax (including tax planning for the GST). Richard has advised and acted for a wide range of companies, including some of Australia’s largest publicly listed corporations, federal and state government agencies, banks, merchant banks and accounting firms.


Associate Professor Robert Cunningham, BBus, LLB (Hons), LLM (Hons), GradCertLP, PhD (ANU), is based at Curtin Law School in Perth where he teaches Corporate Governance, Corporations Law and Professional Responsibility. His research efforts concentrate on international trade law, intellectual property rights and corporate accountability. Beyond academia, he is also a Barrister-at-Law specialising in Federal Court matters and public interest advocacy.


Dr Paul Harpur is a Senior Lecturer at the TC Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland. He has taught corporate law to students from the school of law and the school of accounting for an extend period of time. His PhD concerned corporate social responsibility and since then Paul has had a research focus on how laws can regulate corporate conduct, primarily in relation to labour rights and human rights.

Customise your Learning Path

We offer you the flexibility to design the optimal learning path for your course.

Based on your course goals, you can customise a Wiley resource within your Learning Management System and build a seamless learning design around it. From your LMS, create links to a Wiley textbook’s page, paragraph or even a sentence; keep only what’s relevant, hide sections your students don’t need to see, and create customised reading assignments to allow a truly unique learning experience. Students have fast and easy access to quality, relevant content at the point of learning – with everything they need in one place.

Pricing that Everyone Can Afford

Students can purchase their Business & Company Law (James and Chapple, et al.) full colour printed textbook with interactive eBook code from Wiley Direct.

Wiley Direct is an initiative of the Wiley Affordability Program. As part of our ongoing commitment to higher education, the Wiley Affordability Program is dedicated to providing students with premium Wiley learning resources at an affordable price.

We believe that every student has a right to access quality resources, no matter what their budget. Now, we are even better equipped than before to do what we do best; help teachers teach and students learn.



Be the first to know when evaluation copies and resource demos are available for this title

By providing your email address, you consent to receive electronic communications informing you of products, services and offers from John Wiley & Sons Australia Ltd and its related companies. You can choose to unsubscribe at any time. Your information will be treated in accordance with Wiley’s privacy policy, which can be provided on request or is available at