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Consumer Law Assignment: Determination Of Breach Of Contract

Task: This consumer law assignment requires you to provide answers about a case study. You're required to answer the question with reference to any relevant statute and case law. Case study Andrew and Margaret visit their local travel agent to discuss the possibility of taking a holiday on an island off the Queensland coast. Neither has previously travelled outside Victoria and they explain to the agent that they would like his advice on the best value available, specifying they would like a restful holiday. They require access to a nice beach and facilities for golf and water skiing.The agent recommends that they go to Gunk Island, which he assures them, will satisfy all their stated requirements. They book accordingly with the travel agent.Gunk Island fails to live up to their expectations. Their accommodation is a deserted cabin with no water, no toilet facilities and no vehicle access. It appears to have been deserted for some time. The only beach within walking distance is covered with rocks and coral, and is very unsuitable for swimming. There are no facilities for water skiing and the only golf course on the island is a mini golf course in the village, four kilometres away, which has been vandalised by youths.The price paid by Andrew and Margaret for their holiday package was approximately the same as for most alternative resorts for which they had been shown brochures by the travel agent. Upon their return to Melbourne, Andrew and Margaret consult you and state that they wish to take legal proceedings against the travel agent. They point out that, apart from the cost of the holiday, they have incurred other expenses. These include the cost of medical treatment for Margaret, who suffered a nervous breakdown as a result of unsatisfactory facilities on Gunk Island; Margaret’s anticipated loss of wages (she will be unable to resume work for at least three months); and the cost of additional airfares incurred. They instruct you because the facilities at the resort were so poor they decided to catch an earlier flight home. As a result, they had to pay an extra amount for their flight as their holiday package required them to fly home on a specific date. Advise Andrew and Margaret as to their prospects of success in an action against the travel agent. If they succeed, what will be the extent of the remedies that will be available to them? Your answer must provide relevant justifications and refer to legal principles and cases to support your discussion. 1. Identification of issues. 2. Identification of the source of the law on each issue: case law, statute. 3. Accurate explanation or justification of the relevant law on each issue. 4. Application of the relevant law to each issue. 5. Presentation and organization of work in a logical manner.


Subject Name: Business Law

Level: Postgraduate


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