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Question: TORT LAW ASSIGNMENT 2
TASK 1
Selma visited the firm yesterday to request advice. Yesterday she parked her car in
front her neighbours house. She was not obstructing any driveways and there was
certainly nothing to prevent her from parking there. The following day Selma
observed that a wheel clamp had been placed on her car. It was accompanied with a
note which stated that the wheel clamp would only be removed on the condition that
she did not park there again. Selma also believes that her neighbour has stolen plants
from her garden and put rubbish on her land. Prepare a report on the relevant legal
issues for your senior partner
Discuss the tortious liability of Selma's neighbour considering in particular the
offences of trespass.
TASK 2
Mr Mohammed if also requesting advice. He recently bought a house and was
informed by the surveyor that it was structurally sound. It now transpires that the
house is subsiding. Mr. Mohamed purchased the house without the aid of a mortgage
so he personally instructed the surveyor. Write a letter to Mr. Mohammed making
sure it includes consideration of the following points.
(a) Could Mr. Mohammed claim for negligence?
(b) Is there any other area of law other than tort at which he can make a claim? If so
advise which course of action he should take providing reasons for your answer.

Answer: TASK 1 Introduction: Below I have compiled a report outlining legal issues on Selma circumstances. Discussing the tortious liability and particularly on the offence of trespass and nuisances. What is a tort?...


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Details: - Mark: 83% | Course: Tort Law | Year: 2nd/3rd | Words: 2282 | References: Yes | Date written: October, 2007 | Date submitted: April 18, 2009 | Coursework ID: 482

Question: TORT LAW ASSIGNMENT 1
TASK l
Mr. and Mrs. Duckworth are the proprietors of a hotel in Weatherfield. One of their former
guests Peter Barlow checked out of the hotel last week, but Mr. & Mrs. Duckworth
discovered that he had stolen a number of items from the hotel room, for example table lamps
and coffee tables. Also he had disturbed other guests when he returned to the hotel intoxicated
one evening. Mr. & Mrs. Duckworth decided he is no longer welcome at the hotel and
informed him of this. Despite this Mr. Barlow walked into the hotel last week and attempted
to book a room. Mr. and Mrs. Duckworth refused and on his way out Mr. Barlow tripped on a
loose wire and sprained his ankle. Mr. Barlow has informed the Duckworths that he will be
taking action against them for occupiers liability. Mr. and Mrs. Duckworth have requested
advice relating to this. Can they really be sued when they made it clear to Peter Barlow that he was no longer permitted on the premises? Your supervisor has requested you write a report relating to this.
TASK 2
Mr. and Mrs. Duckworth employ a number of people at their hotel. Last week the chef, Betty
Turpin was particularly busy and asked the waiter, Todd Grimshaw, for assistance. Due to
confusion in the kitchen Betty accidentally used sour milk in the sauce she was making. Also,
Todd gave food containing dairy products to Norris, a customer with an allergy to dairy products.
The Duckworths were aware of his condition and had assured Norris that his dietary requirements
would be catered for. Another customer suffered food poisoning it is thought due to the food
cooked with sour milk. The Duckworths have requested a letter clarifying the situation. Your
supervisor has requested you write a letter to the Duckworths advising whether they will be liable
for the actions of their employees. Explain what strict liability is and explain whether this applies
to them.

TASK 3
Mr. Duckworth visited your office yesterday to ask whether the behaviour of Todd Grimshaw
could be his responsibility. He is often playing practical jokes and yesterday deliberately tripped up Betty in the kitchen who was carrying hot water at the time. Both members of staff were burnt and Betty is suing Mr. Duckworth as she feels it is his responsibility to employ competent staff.
Your supervisor has requested you write her a memorandum explaining how you think the law
applies to this scenario.

Answer: TASK 1 Re: Peter claiming for injuries sustained on the premises and liability of Duckworth’s Introduction: I have compiled a report in regards to the present circumstances of Duckworth’s. I have commented...


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Details: - Mark: 80% | Course: Tort Law | Year: 2nd/3rd | Words: 2282 | References: Yes | Date written: October, 2007 | Date submitted: April 20, 2009 | Coursework ID: 483

Question: Case Study

Goofey, Massive, Badboy and Spiv are members of a famous four-piece rap music act called “Parental Advisory Crew”. To celebrate the release of their latest CD, they hold a concert in a London park. The concert is being shown live on television, and is supposed to begin with a fireworks display, organised by Rocket Ltd. Owing to Rocket Ltd’s negligence, there is a huge explosion which demolishes the stage and injures the four band members.

Advise all of the following claimants as to their claims in negligence against Rocket Ltd:

· Alice is Goofey’s fiancée. She has been engaged to Goofey for two years, but does not live with him, because she and Goofey are morally opposed to cohabitation before marriage. She is standing in the audience, at a safe distance from the explosion, when she sees Goofey get all his teeth knocked out by a microphone stand that has been thrown into the air by the blast. She thinks Goofey has been killed. In fact, however, Goofey has only sustained injury to his teeth, and is subsequently fitted with an attractive set of dentures. For months after the event, Alice cannot lead a normal life. She cries every day, and frequently has nightmares in which she dreams that Goofey has died.

· Belinda is Massive’s personal trainer. She is standing backstage when the explosion occurs. She rushes onto the burning stage to try to save her client from being burned alive. Unfortunately, she is too late, and Massive dies in her arms. Belinda, suffers post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of this experience.

· Celine is Badboy’s step-sister. She is not present at the concert, but she sees live television pictures of the explosion. She suffers immediate shock when she sees flames engulf the turntables behind which Badboy is standing. She subsequently becomes an alcoholic and has to give up work.

· Daisy met Spiv two weeks ago in a bar in New York. Acting on impulse, they got married. Daisy is not present at the concert, as she is having dinner with her new lover. She learns about the disaster when a friend sends her a text. She immediately drives to the scene, where she is told by a policeman that Spiv has been taken to hospital. Daisy drives to the hospital, but by the time she gets there Spiv has died. She identifies his body in the hospital mortuary. Daisy has now developed a drug problem which has resulted in a change in her personality. She blames this on the shock of her husband’s death.

Answer: This question is concerned with psychiatric illness. This area of law is not coherent and answers are to be found in “not in logic but in policy”. To succeed in a claim...


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Details: - Mark: 76% | Course: Tort Law | Year: 2nd/3rd | Words: 1880 | References: No | Date written: Not available | Date submitted: November 27, 2012 | Coursework ID: 754

Question: In Glasgow Corporation v. Muir [1943] 2 A.C. 448, Lord Macmillan said:

“The standard of foresight of the reasonable man is in one sense an impersonal test. . . Some persons are by nature unduly timorous and imagine every path beset with lions; others, of more robust temperament, fail to foresee or nonchalantly disregard even the most obvious dangers. The reasonable man is presumed to be free both from over-apprehension and from over confidence.”

In the light of this statement, and with reference to decided cases, examine the factors to which the courts commonly have regard in determining the standard of care in negligence.

Answer: To succeed in a negligence claim, there has to be a breach of duty. There is a breach of duty, if the defendant did not exercise the standard of care expected of...


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Details: - Mark: 74% | Course: Tort Law | Year: 2nd/3rd | Words: 1217 | References: No | Date written: Not available | Date submitted: November 27, 2012 | Coursework ID: 752

Question: 'Due to some of the difficulties of bringing an action in negligence, the tort of misfeasance in public office has recently become a popular alternative cause of action.’

Discuss the above statement, with particular reference to the scope of the tort
of misfeasance in public office.

Answer: The use of the tort of negligence by claimants attempting to recover for any loss they have experienced, may find numerous difficulties in establishing their cause of action....


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Details: - Mark: 74% | Course: Tort Law | Year: 1st | Words: 1315 | References: No | Date written: February, 2009 | Date submitted: March 27, 2009 | Coursework ID: 560

Question: ‘Any sensible occupier will exclude the onerous duty of care that he owes to
both visitors and non-visitors as regards his occupation of premises.’

Assess the accuracy of this statement.

Answer: The first area to be considered is the duty of care that an occupier of premises owes to his lawful visitors. This area is governed by the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, which,...


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Details: - Mark: 73% | Course: Tort Law | Year: 2nd/3rd | Words: 2249 | References: No | Date written: March, 2009 | Date submitted: September 01, 2009 | Coursework ID: 567

Question: Critically evaluate the points of law in the case of Campbell v Mirror Group Newspapers (2004) 2 AC 457.

As part of your answer please address the following points:
1) The relationship between European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) and the common law in this case.
2) The relationship between the right to privacy and the right of free speech.

Answer: “In this country, unlike the United states of America, there is no over-arching, all-embracing cause of action for ‘invasion of privacy’.” However, “The common law or more precisely, courts of equity, have...


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Details: - Mark: 72% | Course: Tort Law | Year: 2nd/3rd | Words: 1999 | References: Yes | Date written: November, 2010 | Date submitted: April 22, 2012 | Coursework ID: 734

Question: Breach of Duty

In order for the defendant to be liable for negligence, the first stage is to show that there is a duty of care owed to the claimant. Once this is done, it must then be shown that the defendant breached his duty. Brach of a duty of care essentially means that the defendant has fallen below the standard of behaviour expected in someone undertaking the activity concerned. In Blythe v Birmingham Waterworks Co, Alderson B stated that “Negligence is the omission to do something which a reasonable man, guided upon these considerations which ordinarily regulate the conduct of human affairs would do, or something which a prudent and reasonable man would not do.” This is a question of fact.

Therefore, two questions arise from this statement:

1. How high is the standard of a reasonable person? Should the courts always apply the reasonable man test objectively, or can they take into account subjective elements?

2. How do we determine what a reasonable man would do?

Answer: The Standard of the “Reasonable Person” As we have seen from the statement of Alderson B in Blythe v Birmingham Waterworks Co, the standard of care is an objective one, so the...


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Details: - Mark: 71% | Course: Tort Law | Year: 2nd/3rd | Words: 5928 | References: No | Date written: Not available | Date submitted: March 29, 2011 | Coursework ID: 654

Question: Lisa and Sarah are friends. Sarah agreed to cut and dye Lisa’s hair one evening. After cutting Lisa’s hair, Sarah applied a dye that she had bought from Lovely Hair plc, which manufactures the dye. After a few minutes, Lisa suffered an extremely painful allergic reaction to the dye and Sarah washed the dye out. Several hours later, large portions of Lisa’s hair fell out and her scalp turned bright red. As a result, Lisa cancelled a holiday that she was planning to take in Florida, which had cost £1,900.

Provide Lisa with legal advice.

Answer: Based upon Donoghue v Stevenson (1932) Sarah, in this scenario, has a duty of care to Lisa. Namely to take reasonable steps to ensure that any actions on her part do not...


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Details: - Mark: 71% | Course: Tort Law | Year: 2nd/3rd | Words: 1819 | References: No | Date written: November, 2008 | Date submitted: February 18, 2009 | Coursework ID: 566

Question: Amber Valley Primary School was closed 6 months ago by Amber Borough Council (ABC), the local education authority, which owns all the land and buildings. The school has been standing empty while ABC attempts to find a buyer for the site. Although ABC placed fencing around the site, local residents reported that youths had broken into the site on a number of occasions.

Last week a group of youths from a nearby young offenders institution, operated by Chigley Services Ltd (CS) under contract to the Home Office, broke into the disused school and set fire to it. The youths had been clearing rubbish from a neighbouring stream and were supposed to have been under the supervision of Justin and Jason, both of whom are CS employees. However, Justin and Jason had gone for a cigarette break and left the youths unsupervised at the time the break-in occurred.

The fire caused damage to neighbouring property including a baker's shop owned by Mark. It is likely to be many weeks before the business can reopen and Mark stands to lose many thousands of pounds in lost profits.

It later transpired that the fire would not have had time to spread to neighbouring property had the Fire Brigade acted more swiftly. The Amber Valley Fire engine was unavailable at the time and another engine had to be dispatched from Leicester. The crew got lost on the way because they put the wrong address in the sat-nav (satellite navigation) device.

Advise Mark in respect of any claims he may have (if any).

Grade A, University of London
LLB, 2nd year, Tort Law

Answer: In this question, we are asked to advise Mark as to the possible claims he might have. On the facts, the defendants are Justin and Jason, Chigley Services and the Fire Brigade....


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Details: - Mark: 70% | Course: Tort Law | Year: 2nd/3rd | Words: 3343 | References: Yes | Date written: March, 2014 | Date submitted: April 23, 2014 | Coursework ID: 864


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