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WEBSDALE, SHOOSMITH AND Co., Printers, Sydney.

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JOINT AUTHOR OF THE LAW OF MASTER AND SERVANT AND EMPLOYERS' LIABILITY IN N.S. W.
EDITOR OF THE PASTURES AND STOCK ACTS, N.S. W. LECTURER AND EXAMINER

IN LAW TO THE BANKERS' INSTITUTE, N.S.W.

NIVERSIT
AND STANFORD
LIBRARY

SYDNEY

THE LAW BOOK CO. OF AUSTRALASIA, LTD.

72 CASTLEREAGH STREET

1907

LELAND STANFORD, JR., UNIVERSITY

LAW DEPARTMENT.

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PREFACE.

THIS book is based upon lectures delivered before the Institute of Bankers of New South Wales, in the winter months of the past few years.

Part I. deals with Elementary Law relating to Personal Property, and is introductory in character; it is intended to fit the Banker, or the Law Student who may be reading law for the first time, to follow the discussion contained in the main part of the book.

Part II. is the body of the book. It contains what I hope will be found a close and reasonably accurate discussion of the relation of Banker and Customer, and of the nature of property in money, cheques, and bank accounts; chapters dealing with the position of banker and customer, in respect of domiciled Bills, and Bills discounted or for collection, and with the effect on the banking contract of the action of Agencies, Branch Banks, and Officers are added.

In dealing with the duty of Banks in respect of the collection and payment of cheques, a great deal of attention has necessarily been paid to recent English decisions, especially to the Gordon cases, to the analysis of which a special chapter has been devoted; in the same way, the Victorian case of Marshall v. Colonial Bank has been discussed at length in a chapter on Forgeries. It may be that the importance, and the recency of those cases, have pressed themselves upon me, and into the book, somewhat prominently; but I make no excuse for treating at length cases which have created such profound interest where banking law is discussed, and which have led in some States to alterations of the important law

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