Sunday, 27 December 2015

A Quick Introduction to Tort

Tort law covers areas where somebody’s ‘wrong’ causes loss to another person, without the two parties having to be in a contractual relationship. The name comes from the fact that tort is French for ‘wrong’ – this is the law of wrongs. The big case which expanded this area of the law is also a strange one.

Mrs Donoghue was in a cafĂ© with her friend, who bought her a ginger beer. She was ill after having drunk some of it because the bottle had a dead snail in it! However, she had not bought the bottle so she could not sue for breach of contract — she had no contract with the shop owner or the bottle manufacturer. Instead, she brought a case in negligence, a part of tort law, saying that the bottle manufacturer had a duty to make sure that the ginger beer was made in a clean place where snails could not get into the bottles.

This is where Lord Atkin set out the famous ‘neighbour principle’: I have a duty towards “persons who are so closely and directly affected by my act that I ought reasonably to have them in contemplation as being so affected when I am directing my mind to the acts or omissions that are called in question”. This sounds like you have to think about the possible impact of everything you do on anybody it could affect, but in reality there are many limits on negligence law – including that you have to breach that duty of care. Lots of things are relevant to breach but it is overall about how reasonable the action (or decision not to act) was. One element is quite interesting though, especially for those of you who are about to start learning to drive…

Courtesy of Oxford Royale

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Answer to last week's quiz

Here's the answer to last week's quiz:

The common name for a business structure that is a non-profit making organisation run for the benefit of others is a _________.

B. Charity

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone. We'll have more quizzes (and books!) next year.

Enjoy your festivities

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Law Quiz 19 December 2015

Hi all, Legal English quiz time from Legal English Books :)

Please post your answers below:

The common name for a business structure that is a non-profit making organisation run for the benefit of others is a _________.

A. Partnership
B. Charity
C. Consortium
D. Venture

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Thanks !

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

New Self-study Dictionary!

THE ULTIMATE LAW DICTIONARY AND EXERCISE BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE smile emoticon We have consolidated all our titles into one large law dictionary! It's the perfect Christmas present wink emoticon Plus it's on our shiny new website ! If you have a moment please do take a look.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone !