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11. Conversion  

Celebrated for their conceptual clarity, titles in the Clarendon Law Series offer concise, accessible overviews of major fields of law and legal thought. This chapter deals with the tort of conversion. Conversion is best regarded as the tort which protects the owner of goods not against their being damaged (negligence covers that) but against their being dealt with or detained against his will. It is concerned with loss of goods rather than damage to them. The chapter discusses what goods can be converted; what entitlements the claimant in conversion must show; liability in conversion; remedies, such as the return of the goods or damages or both; and length of protection provided to the legal owner of goods.

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11. Wrongful interference with goods  

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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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. Tort Law: Text, Cases, and Materials combines incisive commentary with carefully selected extracts from primary and secondary materials to provide a balance of support and encouragement. This volume starts by introducing the fundamental principles of the subject before moving on to discuss more challenging issues, hoping to encourage a full understanding of the subject and an appreciation of the more complex debates surrounding the law of tort. The text starts by providing an overview. Various torts are then arranged along a spectrum from intentional torts, through negligence, to stricter liabilities. Also considered are issues relating to damages, compensation, limitation, and vicarious liability. After introducing intentional torts, the book looks at the tort of negligence. Chapters also cover nuisance and duties relating to land and defamation and privacy. Finally, stricter liabilities are examined such as product liability.

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18. Trespass to Land and Goods, and Conversion  

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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11. Interference with Chattels  

This chapter discusses trespass to goods, conversion, and negligence. The present law of trespass to chattels is governed by the Torts (Interference with Goods) Act 1977, which introduces a collective term ‘wrongful interference with goods’ to cover trespass, conversion, negligence, and any other tort resulting in damage to goods or to an interest in goods. The Act abolishes the tort of detinue, but otherwise has little or no impact on the principles of liability developed by the common law: thus, the nomenclature and substantive scope of the common law claims remain significant to this day in understanding the legal rules in this area.