When potential litigants first approach a lawyer they are generally interested in finding out one thing only: are they likely to be able to win damages or any other kind of remedy and what kind of quantum of damages are they likely to receive? It becomes the lawyers main task to try to argue for a remedy and to persuade the court that the plaintiff has a good cause of action.
Textbooks about contract and tort frequently treat damages and other remedies as an after thought when in fact it is the issue of remedies which is a constant and an ever present consideration for the plaintiff and his or her lawyer. This new book, containing contributions from many of the UKs leading specialists brings to the fore a range of issues which are of topical interest to litigators and to teachers of law. In some instances the issues are currently the subject of reform proposals and these essays usefully highlight the principle issues facing the reformers and the objections which have been raised by those opposed to reform. In addition four of the essays tackle a strand of tort law which is of rapidly growing importance - the area of professional negligence. The contributors are among the best known writers in this field and their essays combine practical and academic perspectives which usefully highlight contemporary trends in professional negligence litigation. The first chapter in the book also offers a unique and controversial overview of tort law in the UK by Professor Patrick Atiyah who argues for a complete rethink of the system of personal injuries litigation in the UK, starting with its abolition and replacement by a vastly expanded system of private insurance.'excellent collection of papers...this collection of papers is enjoyable, stimulating and topical..We all owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Peter Birks for his devotion and commitment to the SPTL Seminar series. It is pleasing to have the opportunity to express that gratitude and to applaudthe entirely successful product of his energy and scholarship.' Janet O'Sullivan, Selwyn College, Cambridge in Restitution Law Review`'this book contains fascinating discussions about damages and professional negligence...You should read this book if you are at all interested in the development of legal practice to enable you to make sufficiently informed decisions for securing the future you would wish for your practice.''Law Society Gazette
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