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Unlocking Torts

4th Edition

By Chris Turner, Chris Turner


530 pages

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Tort law is a core element of every law degree in England and Wales. Unlocking Torts will ensure you grasp the main concepts with ease. This book explains in detailed, yet straightforward, terms:

  • Negligence and negligence related torts including occupiers' liability and employers' liability
  • Land based torts such as trespass, nuisance and Rylands v Fletcher
  • Liability for animals
  • Torts relating to goods
  • Trespass to the person
  • Defamation and other torts relating to reputation
  • Economic torts, breach of a statutory duty, vicarious liability, defences and remedies

The fourth edition is fully up to date with the major recent cases including major developments in vicarious liability. It also includes changes after the Defamation Act 2013.

The Unlocking the Law series is designed specifically to make the law accessible. Each chapter opens with a list of aims and objectives, contains activities such as quick quizzes and self-test questions, key facts charts to consolidate your knowledge, and diagrams to aid learning. Cases and judgments are prominently displayed, as are primary source quotations. Summaries help check your understanding of each chapter, there is a glossary of legal terminology. New features include problem questions with guidance on answering, as well as essay questions and answer plans, plus cases and materials exercises. All titles in the series follow the same formula and include the same features so students can move easily from one subject to another. The series covers all the core subjects required by the Bar Council and the Law Society for entry onto professional qualifications as well as popular option units.

The series website www.unlockingthelaw.co.uk provides free resources such as multiple choice questions, key questions and answers, revision mp3s and cases and materials exercises.


"I am particularly impressed with the writing style. Unlike so many prose dense works on Tort, this book is written in a clear and direct way that nevertheless does not come across as patronising.."

Mariette Jones, CSET Lecturer in Law, Middlesex University Business School

"What Turner sets out in his excellent text book is a formidable explanation of the subject of Torts in easily understandable terms for what can be a difficult area of law for many to study (and teach) although it may look superficially easy" - Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

Table of Contents

1. The origins and character of tortious liability 2. Trespass to the person 3. Negligence: duty of care 4. Negligence: breach of duty 5. Negligence: causation 6. Negligence: defences 7. Negligence and novel duty situations 8. Torts concerning land: occupiers' liability and premises 9. Trespass to land 10. Nuisance 11. Strict liability and the land - Rylands v Fletcher 12. Liability for animals 13. Torts relating to goods 14. Defamation 15. The economic torts 16. Breach of a statutory duty 17. Employers' liability 18. Vicarious liability 19. General defences 20. Remedies and limitations

About the Authors

Chris Turner, LLM, qualified barrister and Senior Lecturer in Law at Wolverhampton University

About the Series

Unlocking the Law

The Unlocking the Law series is designed specifically to make the law accessible. The books have been designed with the same format and structure, so each chapter in each book includes: a list of aims and objectives, activities such as quick quizzes and self-test questions, key facts charts to consolidate your knowledge, and diagrams to aid learning.

All topic areas are broken up into manageable sections with a logical progression and extensive use of headings and numerous sub-headings as well as an extensive contents list and index. Each book in the series contains a variety of flow charts, diagrams, key facts charts and summaries to reinforce the information in the body of the text. Diagrams and flow charts are particularly useful because they can provide a quick and easy understanding of the key points, especially when revising for examinations. Key facts charts not only provide a quick visual guide through the subject but are also useful for revision.

Many cases are separated out for easy access and all cases have full citation in the text as well as the table of cases for easy reference. The emphasis of the series is on depth of understanding much more than breadth of detail. For this reason each text also includes key extracts from judgments where appropriate. Extracts from academic comment from journal articles and leading texts are also included to give some insight into the academic debate on complex or controversial areas. In both cases these are highlighted and removed from the body of the text.

Finally the books also include much formative 'self-testing', with a variety of activities ranging through subject specific comprehension, application of the law, and a range of other activities to help the student gain a good idea of his or her progress in the course. Appendices with guides on completing essay style questions and legal problem solving supplement and support this interactivity. Besides this a sample essay plan is added at the end of most chapters.

Series editors: Jacqueline Martin LLM has ten years' experience as a practising barrister and has taught law at all levels. Chris Turner LLM is a Senior Lecturer in law at Wolverhampton University.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Torts