Author Mark Irving has won the LexisNexis Centenary Book Award for The Contract of Employment, a comprehensive and systematic work of the law governing employment contracts, published by LexisNexis in August 2012. Mr Irving was honoured last night at a gala ceremony where he received a $30,000 cash prize.

The Centenary Book Award program commenced in 2011 as part of the LexisNexis Australia 100 year anniversary celebrations. During the program, the works of seven shortlisted award finalists covering a broad range of important and emerging legal topics were published by LexisNexis and judged by a highly respected panel of experts including The Hon Dyson Heydon AC, QC; The Hon Kevin Lindgren AM, QC; and Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs.

The awards reflect the 'LexisNexis standard' of authorship in legal publishing and showcase works that enable legal professionals to be better informed.

"The finalists were of a very high standard so judging was particularly difficult," said Professor Gillian Triggs. "What persuaded Irving's publication to the winning vote was its depth and quality of the commentary, particularly the analysis of that commentary. The subject matter also has a wide application and we obviously had to take market appeal into consideration."

All shortlisted finalists received a publishing contract with LexisNexis during the program, including full editorial and marketing support and royalties from sales of their published work.

The shortlisted finalists:

"The awards reflect the 'LexisNexis standard' of authorship in legal publishing and showcase works that enable legal professionals to be better informed," said Dr Marc K Peter, executive director at LexisNexis Pacific. "We are pleased to recognise the exceptional work of all seven award finalists and are delighted to present Mark Irving with this prestigious prize."

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