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Casebook on Tort Law

Sixteenth Edition

Kirsty Horsey and Erika Rackley

August 2021

ISBN: 9780192893659

600 pages

In Stock

Price: £34.99

All the leading cases, illuminated by Horsey & Rackley's trademark clear and lively commentary.



The essential companion for undergraduate tort law students, providing a comprehensive portable library of leading tort cases. Horsey & Rackley bring together a range of carefully edited extracts, combined with insightful commentary and annotated cases to help students identify and analyse the key elements of a case.

  • The only text of its kind to provide a comprehensive collection of the leading tort law cases for undergraduates
  • The book is simple to navigate, pulling all key case law together into one easy-to-use volume which students can work through systematically or use to reference specific cases
  • Cases are accompanied by succinct author commentary highlighting the key elements of each case
  • Annotated cases help students understand and analyse material
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • Stoffel & Co (Appellant) v Grondona [2020] (illegality defence)
  • Henderson v Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust [2020] (illegality defence)
  • Serafin v Malkiewicz & Ors [2020] (defamation)
  • WM Morrison Supermarkets plc v Various Claimants [2020] (vicarious liability)
  • Barclays Bank plc v Various Claimants [2020] (vicarious liability)
  • Whittington Hospital NHS Trust v XX [2020] (negligence; loss; damages)
  • Jalloh v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] (false imprisonment)
  • ZXC v Bloomberg LP [2020] (privacy)
  • Fearn & Ors v The Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery [2020] (nuisance; privacy)

About the Author(s)

Kirsty Horsey, Reader in Law, University of Kent, and Erika Rackley, Professor of Law, Kent Law School, University of Kent

Kirsty Horsey is a Reader in Law at the University of Kent, teaching contract and tort law to undergraduate students across all years. Her research interests lie in the overlap of medical and family law, particularly in the area of assisted reproduction, and in public bodies' liability for negligence. In 2007, Kirsty was the joint recipient of the Barbara Morris Learning Support Prize, awarded by the University of Kent for teaching excellence.

Erika Rackley is a Professor of Law at Kent Law School. Her research interests are broadly in the field of feminism, gender and law, particularly in relation to judicial diversity. Her research has shaped and informed policy and public debate and has been discussed by the UK and Scottish governments, in The Guardian, and on BBC Radio 4's Women's Hour and Law in Action. Her book, Women, Judging and the Judiciary: From Difference to Diversity, won the Society of Legal Scholars Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship in 2013. In 2015, she was appointed as a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow.

Table of Contents

    Part I The Tort of Negligence
    2:Duty of care: basic principles
    3:Special duty problems: omissions and acts of third parties
    4:Special duty problems: psychiatric harm
    5:Special duty problems: public bodies
    6:Special duty problems: economic loss
    7:Breach of duty: the standard of care
    8:Causation and remoteness of damage
    9:Defences to negligence
    Part II Special Liability Regimes
    10:Occupiers' liability
    11:Product liability
    12:Breach of statutory duty
    Part III The Personal Torts
    13:Intentional interferences with the person
    14:Invasion of privacy
    Part IV The Land Torts
    16:Trespass to land and nuisance
    17:Actions under Rylands v Fletcher
    Part V Liability, Damages and Limitations
    18:Vicarious liability
    19:Damages for death and personal injuries

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
The sixteenth edition is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by online resources.

  • The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks
  • These study tools that enhance the e-book are also available as stand alone online resources for use alongside the print book.
    The online resources include annotated links to external web resources and videos, downloadable annotated case judgments and statutes, and guidance on answering problem and essay questions.