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Excellent textbook for Torts first-timer
on 22 May 2010
A very clear and well laid out textbook. Use of boxes and shading is very well applied to draw attention to specific areas and prevent boredom setting in from simply reading long, breakless chapters.
There is a high level of detail which never becomes overwhelming, and plenty of comparison/contrast within the law.
One of the best aspects is the way the authors have drawn attention to the contemporary debates within Tort law. There is plenty of constructive criticism and the law is set in its policy and historical setting, helping the reader to understand the broader aspects of the law.
End of chapter summaries are clear and concise and reference is provided to further in-depth material and academic debate. The footnotes are also helpful in clearing up small issues.
Overall an excellent introduction to the law of Tort.
I have one specific criticism (which does not detract from the book overall), on page 47 the authors provide a detailed examination of a particular case (X and Y v London Borough of Hounslow). The case was decided relatively recently and presumably made it into the book shortly before it was published. Unfortunately this case has been overruled by the Court of Appeal, so although the discussion in the book is still interesting, the case itself was actually wrongly decided.
Tort law is a fast moving subject and any book is liable to be out of date after a few years - still, the insertion of a case at the time only recently decided at first instance seems a little risky!