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Tort Law

Tort Law (8th edn)

Kirsty Horsey and Erika Rackley
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date: 17 July 2024

p. 33211. Occupiers’ liabilitylocked

p. 33211. Occupiers’ liabilitylocked

  • Kirsty Horsey
  •  and Erika Rackley


This chapter discusses occupiers’ liability, which deals with the risks posed, and harms caused, by dangerous places and buildings. In such cases, the occupier of the premises may be liable where a person who comes onto their land is injured in or by unsafe premises if the occupier has not taken reasonable care to ensure that those entering are safe. The general principles of negligence have been incorporated into, and modified by, statute in the form of the Occupiers’ Liability Acts 1957 and 1984. Although the Acts define the circumstances in which a duty of care will be owed (and tell us something as to its extent, as well as matters relating to its discharge and limitation), questions of breach and causation still need to be established by reference to the ordinary principles of negligence.

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