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Business Law (6th edn)

James Marson and Katy Ferris
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p. 26911. The Tortious Liability of Businesses in Negligence and Nuisancelocked

p. 26911. The Tortious Liability of Businesses in Negligence and Nuisancelocked

  • James MarsonJames MarsonReader in Law and Head of Research for Law, Sheffield Hallam University
  •  and Katy FerrisKaty FerrisAssociate Professor in Business Law, Nottingham University
  • Published in print: 07 May 2020
  • Published online: September 2020


This chapter first discusses one of the most important torts—negligence—which may be commonly seen in instances of personal injury. This is followed by a discussion on acts of private and public nuisance. Torts law is particularly relevant to businesses as they need to be aware of the extent of their potential liabilities to workers, visitors to business premises, other businesses, and to the general public. This extends to ensuring that safe systems of work exist and appropriate insurance is maintained. Contrary to civil law, torts law imposes obligations on parties who wish to undertake duties freely and agree to be legally bound via contracts without, necessarily, prior agreement. The duty is to take reasonable care and not intentionally or negligently cause harm or damage.

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