Charlesworth & Percy on Negligence, 15th Edition | 2022 *


Charlesworth & Percy on Negligence, 15th Edition | 2022

Author Mark Armitage (General Editor), C.T. Walton,  Roger Cooper, Richard Hyde, Philip Kramer, Stephen Todd
Publication Date Jun 2022
ISBN 9780414102903
Publisher Sweet & Maxwell

Unparalleled depth of analysis into the negligence tort is provided in Charlesworth & Percy on Negligence. The book serves as the definitive resource for practitioners and scholars alike in this complicated area of law. In relation to each point, students and professionals will find thorough and useful case law illustrations as well as an unrivaled understanding of Commonwealth authority.

The 15th edition, which builds on the excellence of earlier editions, emphasizes the substantial body of new case law that has evolved since the previous edition, to give a few examples below:

In the Supreme Court
  • Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton UK LLP [2021] UKSC 20 – examining the fundamental ingredients of the modern tort of negligence and the significance of the scope of a defendant’s duty of care in relation to issues of both duty and causation.
  • Khan v Meadows [2021] UKSC 21 – consideration of the principles developed in Manchester Building Society in the context of a claim for clinical negligence.
  • Henderson v Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust [2020] UKSC 43 – examining the principles underpinning the defence of illegality and the applicability of Patel v Mirza.
  • Stoffel v Grondona [2020] UKSC 42 – considering the defence of illegality in a solicitors’ negligence claim.
  • Whittington Hospital NHS Trust v XX [2020] UKSC 14; [2021] A.C. 275 – considering the applicability of the defence of illegality in the context of claim for commercial surrogacy.
  • WM Morrisons Supermarkets Plc v Various Claimants [2020] UKSC 12 – assessing the factors central in determining the imposition of vicarious liability for criminal acts.
  • The Financial Conduct Authority v Arch Insurance (UK) Ltd [2021] UKSC 1 – discussing the over-exclusionary effect of the ‘but for’ test of causation.
  • Okpabi v Royal Dutch Shell Plc [2021] UKSC 3 – consideration of the situations in which a parent company can be liable for the tortious acts of its subsidiary.
In the Court of Appeal
  • Ford v Seymour-Williams [2021] EWCA Civ 1848 – examining the ingredients required for a finding of liability pursuant to s.2(2) Animals Act 1980.
  • Blackpool Football Club Ltd v DSN [2021] EWCA Civ 1352 – application of the principles of vicarious liability in relation to the actions of an unpaid football scout.
  • The Trustees of the Barry Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses v BXB [2021] EWCA Civ 356 – examining the principles of vicarious liability in the context of a claim for assault.
  • The White Lion Hotel v James [2021] EWCA Civ 31 – examining the extent to which the voluntary taking of an obvious risk can amount to a defence under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957.
  • Schembri v Marshall [2020] EWCA Civ 358 – reviewing the role of statistics when determining causation in a clinical negligence claim.
  • Al-Najar v Cumberland Hotel (London) Ltd [2020] EWCA Civ 1716 – considering the extent of an occupier’s duty to prevent trespassers committing acts of violence.
  • Large v Hart [2021] EWCA Civ 24 – assessing the application of the SAAMCO principles to a surveyor’s negligence claim.
  • Assetco Plc v Grant Thornton UK LLP [2020] EWCA Civ 1151 – considering the application of SAAMCO principles to a negligent audit.
  • Jalla v Shell International Trading & Shipping Co [2021] EWCA Civ 63 – considering the principles applicable to Rylands v Fletcher liability for damage resulting from a single escape.

Table of Contents of Charlesworth & Percy on Negligence, 15th Edition | 2022

Part I: General Principles –

Chapter 1: The Meaning of Negligence;
Chapter 2: The Duty to Take Care;
Chapter 3: Parties;
Chapter 4: Principal Defences and Discharges from Liability;
Chapter 5: Causation and Remoteness of Damage;
Chapter 6: Proof and Damages;
Chapter 7: Vicarious Liability and Non-Delegable Duties;

Part II: Standard of Care –

Chapter 8: The Standard of Care;
Chapter 9: Dangerous Premises;
Chapter 10: Persons Professing Some Special Skill;
Chapter 11: Highways and Transport;
Chapter 12: Employment at Common Law;

Part III: Statutory Duty –

Chapter 13: Liability for Breach of Statutory Duty

Part IV: Absolute or Strict Liability –
Chapter 14: Dangerous Things: Rylands & Fletcher;
Chapter 15: Animals;
Chapter 16: Product Liability;

Part V: Death –
Chapter 17: Death and Causes of Action;

Part VI: Miscellaneous Matters:
Chapter 18: Insurance and Other Compensation Schemes

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