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Street on Torts

Street on Torts (16th edn)

Christian Witting
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date: 27 May 2024

p. 28411. Wrongful interference with goodslocked

p. 28411. Wrongful interference with goodslocked

  • Christian WittingChristian WittingProfessor of Law, National University of Singapore, Barrister and Solicitor, High Court of Australia and Supreme Court of Victoria


This chapter examines the protection provided by tort law against wrongful interference with goods, which generally protect possession rather than title to goods (or ownership) as such. It explains that the action for trespass to goods affords a remedy where there has been an intentional or careless direct interference with goods in the claimant’s possession at the time of the trespass. This chapter also considers conversion, which is concerned with intentional dealings with goods that constitute a denial of the claimant’s rights. It discusses the remedies available for torts to goods contained in the Torts (Interference with Goods) Act 1977.

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