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Negligence - Duty Generally and Economic Loss

Introduction

Questions on the imposition of a duty of care usually take the form of an essay, typically on the development of a test for imposing a duty of care. It is also vital to be thoroughly familiar with situations in which limits are placed on the duty of care – that is, in particular, with the areas of negligent misstatement and economic loss, and psychiatric injury or ‘nervous shock’. These topics will be dealt with in the first two chapters.

Question 1

‘Although the decision of the House of Lords in Anns v Merton London Borough Council (1978) was welcomed as a rationalisation of the law, ...

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