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Torts pp 17-29 | Cite as

The Duty of Care Concept

  • Alastair Mullis
  • Ken Oliphant
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Part of the Macmillan Professional Masters book series (PAPRMA)

Abstract

Not every instance of carelessness resulting in harm will lead to liability in the tort of negligence. Liability is limited by reference to various ‘control devices’ (see 2.2) of which the most significant is the duty of care. The existence of a duty of care is a precondition of liability in negligence; it is what transforms factual responsibility for carelessly causing harm into legal responsibility.

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© Alastair Mullis and Ken Oliphant 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alastair Mullis
    • 1
  • Ken Oliphant
    • 1
  1. 1.King’s CollegeUniversity of LondonUK

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