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Cover Tort Law

21. Damages for death and personal injuries  

This chapter examines various issues in relation to damages in tort, beginning by looking at the principles that lie behind damages awards. The primary object of the law is to compensate those who have been harmed by another’s wrongdoing by making an award that seeks to put the claimant into the position that they would have been in had the harm not occurred. The chapter discusses the calculation and forms of damage payments, and special and general damages; independent, joint and several concurrent liabilities; time limitations on claims; the problem with damages; and debunking the compensation culture myth.

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Cover Tort Law

21. Damages for death and personal injuries  

This chapter examines various issues in relation to damages in tort, beginning by looking at the principles that lie behind damages awards. The primary object of the law is to compensate those who have been harmed by another’s wrongdoing by making an award that seeks to put the claimant into the position that they would have been in had the harm not occurred. The chapter discusses the calculation and forms of damage payments, and special and general damages; independent, joint and several concurrent liabilities; time limitations on claims; the problem with damages; and debunking the compensation culture myth.

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Cover A Practical Approach to Civil Procedure

21. Limitation  

This chapter discusses the rules on limitation. The expiry of a limitation period provides a defendant with a complete defence to a claim. Limitation is a procedural defence. It will not be taken by the court of its own motion, but must be specifically set out in the defence. Limitation runs from accrual, which is when all the necessary elements for the cause of action are in existence. Technically, time runs from the day after the accident or breach, and stops running when the claim is brought. This is when the claimant has done everything they can to issue the claim form. Time does not run if the claimant is under disability, and in cases of fraud, mistake, and concealment. In personal injury and latent damage claims time will not start running until the claimant has the requisite ‘knowledge’, and there is a discretion to disapply limitation in personal injury claims.

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Cover Complete Equity and Trusts

14. Breach of trust  

Titles in the Complete series combine extracts from a wide range of primary materials with clear explanatory text to provide readers with a complete introductory resource. This chapter on breach of trust discusses the following: the trustees’ duty of care; the fiduciary nature of trusteeship; the nature of equitable compensation; reasonable care and skill the liability of individual trustees; the criminal liability of trustees; the protection of trustees; trustee exemption clauses; section 61 Trustee Act 1925 and the court’s power to excuse the liability of trustees for breach of trust; when the statutory period of limitation applies; and the equitable doctrine of laches.

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Cover The Law of Trusts

15. Third party liability for breach of trust and fiduciary obligations  

Titles in the Core Text series take the reader straight to the heart of the subject, providing focused, concise, and reliable guides for students at all levels. This chapter considers third party liability for breach of trust and fiduciary obligation. It begins by considering third party liability for procuring a breach of trust, followed by third party liability for assisting a breach of trust, and the relevant remedies. Next, it considers remedies for knowing receipt and knowing dealing, the conditions of liability, and the relevant remedies. Finally, issues pertaining to limitation of actions are considered, as well as third party liability for breach of fiduciary obligation.