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Construction Controversy

22 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2011 Last revised: 5 Apr 2015

David McLauchlan

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law

Matthew Lees

Arnold Bloch Leibler

Date Written: September 30, 2011


This article examines some of the current controversies in the law of contract interpretation in Australia, particularly in the light of the recent decision of the NSW Court of Appeal in Jireh International Pty Ltd t/as Gloria Jean’s Coffee v Western Export Services Inc. The authors suggest, inter alia, that there is an urgent need for the High Court to issue its own restatement of the principles of contract interpretation for the guidance of lower courts.

Keywords: contract, interpretation

JEL Classification: K12

Suggested Citation

McLauchlan, David and Lees, Matthew, Construction Controversy (September 30, 2011). Journal of Contract Law, Vol. 28, 2011; Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper No. 7/20212. Available at SSRN:

David McLauchlan (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law ( email )

PO Box 600
Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

Matthew Lees

Arnold Bloch Leibler ( email )

Level 21
333 Collins Street
Melbourne, VA 3000

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