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5th Edition
Series:  Sweet & Maxwell's Textbook Series
Practice Area:  Academic Law, Tort
ISBN:  9780414033016
Published by:  Sweet & Maxwell
Publication Date:  21 May 2014
Format:  Paperback
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An accessible guide to all the major concepts in the law of torts.

  • Presents an accessible and current picture of the law of torts and is ideal for those approaching the subject for the first time
  • Goes through all the major concepts in the law of torts and clearly illustrates how they work in practice by reference to the major cases in this field and the main statutory provisions
  • Covers all main areas covered at undergraduate level and fits perfectly with modular courses
  • Breaks case law down so that students are presented with the most salient points
  • Considers the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998, Defamation Act 2013 and all other key legislation on the law of torts.  The Defamation Act 2013 came into force 1January 2014 and brings  forward the most sweeping changes to the law of defamation in more than 150 years.
    • Also includes reform of the funding of litigation under Part 2 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012
  • Evaluates recent reports by the Law Commission and recent case decisions. In particular, the new edition covers key tort law cases including:
    • Recent Supreme Court decisions in negligence (Rabone v Pennine Care NHS Foundation,  and Smith v Ministry of Defence ), causation (Durham v BAI (Run off) Ltd ), vicarious liability (The Catholic Child Welfare Society v Various Claimants ), non-delegable duties (Woodland v Essex CC ),  and assessment of damages under the Human Rights Act 1998 (R (Sturnham) v Parole Board ).
    • Important new decisions relating to psychiatric injury (Taylor v A Novo (UK) Ltd ), vicarious liability (JGE (or E) v English Province of Our Lady of Charity ) nuisance and the rule in Rylands v Fletcher (Barr v Biffa Waste Services Ltd  and Stannard v Gore ), defamation (Lord McAlpine v Bercow and Tamiz v Google Inc ), defences (Joyce v O’Brien ) and the assessment of damages (Simmons v Castle ).
  • The nature of tortious liability
  • Negligence: the duty of care
  • Negligence: economic loss
  • Negligence: psychiatric illness
  • Negligence: breach of duty
  • Causation and remoteness
  • Employers’ liability
  • Occupiers’ liability
  • Strict liability statutes
  • Nuisance and the rules in Rylands v Fletcher
  • Trespass
  • The Economic Torts
  • Defamation
  • Defences to defamation
  • Privacy (or misuse of private information)
  • General defences and extinction of liability
  • Remedies
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