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Tort, English Law

  • Tort is the French word for wrong.
  • Tort is a branch of law establishing negligence and enabling claims against a negligent party if certain criteria are met:
    1. A duty of care,
    2. when owed,
    3. if breached,
    4. results in consequential loss
    • and will likely result in a successful claim for compensation against say a negligent letting agent or landlord.
  • E.g. a tenant or property visitor injured as a result of a property defect, say defective flooring or faulty wiring, resulting in injury is likely to result in a claim of negligence.
  • To be negligent the defect must be reasonably foreseeable and not merely remotely connected to the problem endured.
  • Physical, psychological and economic, consequential losses all qualify for compensation.
Published: 11 November 2013 Last Updated: 17 November 2021