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Tort LawText, Cases, and Materials

Tort Law: Text, Cases, and Materials (5th edn)

Jenny Steele
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date: 25 April 2024

p. 94018. Trespass to Land and Goods, and Conversionlocked

p. 94018. Trespass to Land and Goods, and Conversionlocked

  • Jenny SteeleJenny SteeleProfessor of Law, University of York


All books in this flagship series contain carefully selected substantial extracts from key cases, legislation, and academic debate, providing able students with a stand-alone resource. This chapter considers a range of proprietary torts which protect against trespass to land and goods, as well as conversion which protects against interferences with goods (but not land). It considers the overlap in functions between conversion and property law, particularly in the available remedies such as recovery of the chattel and damages based both on value of the goods (if not recovered) and on consequential loss. The chapter first looks at non-deliberate trespass to land and the remedies available to the claimant. This is followed by a discussion on wrongful interference with goods. The chapter then presents a general definition of conversion and its distinctive features, and what interest in the chattels the claimant must have. Finally, it outlines a number of remedies available to the claimant in the case of conversion. Relevant court cases are cited where appropriate.

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