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Tort Law

Seventh Edition

Kirsty Horsey and Erika Rackley

04 August 2021

ISBN: 9780198867760

752 pages

In Stock

Price: £39.99

Takes students from zero knowledge to engaged and critical thinkers.



This best-selling undergraduate textbook from renowned authors Kirsty Horsey & Erika Rackley offers a lively, accessible and thoughtful treatment of all key topics taught on tort law courses, and includes carefully chosen learning features to help students become engaged and critical thinkers.

  • Problem questions at the beginning of each chapter set the scene, immediately putting the law in context. Outline answers and an annotated version with issues and cases to consider gives students further insights into the subject
  • 'Counterpoint' and 'pause for reflection' boxes aid understanding and encourage students to think critically and engage with areas of controversy or reform
  • Annotated statutes and judgments explain the more difficult points of law and help students develop the invaluable skills of reading, interpreting and analysing - essential for study
  • Suitable for use as a stand-alone textbook, or in conjunction with Casebook on Tort Law, making it an essential resource for students
  • Learning is supported online by outline answers to questions in the book, annotated web links and video clips, guidance on answering problem and essay questions, downloadable annotated case judgments and statutes, and additional content on negligence and product liability
  • 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 of 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:Introduction to the tort of negligence
    3:Duty of care: basic principles
    4:Special duty problems: omissions and acts of third parties
    5:Special duty problems: psychiatric harm
    6:Special duty problems: public bodies
    7:Special duty problems: economic loss
    8:Breach of duty: the standard of care
    9:Causation and remoteness of damage
    10:Defences to negligence
    Part II Special Liability Regimes
    11:Occupiers' liability
    12:Product liability
    13:Employers' liability
    14:Breach of statutory duty
    Part III The Personal Torts
    15:Intentional interferences with the person
    16:Invasion of privacy
    Part IV The Land Torts
    18:Trespass to land and nuisance
    19:Actions under the rule of Rylands v Fletcher
    Part V Liability, Damages and Limitations
    20:Vicarious liability
    21:Damages for death and personal injuries
    Appendix: Annotated problem questions

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources:
The seventh 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 embedded self-assessment activities, and multi-media content including a series of supportive author videos that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks
· These study tools that enhance the e-book are all also available as stand-alone online resources for use alongside the print book.
· The online resources. include outline answers to questions in the book, annotated judgements, statutes, and problem questions, and additional content on elements of a claim in the tort negligence and on product liability.