book review

Review of James Plunkett, The Duty of Care in Negligence, Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2018, xxiv + 256 pp, hb £55.00.

Craig Purshouse


If timing is everything then James Plunkett has been unfortunate with the release date of this book. According to Plunkett, the duty of care element of the negligence enquiry is a ‘mess’ and the aim of this monograph is to ‘provide some much-needed clarity to the concept in the hope it will assist us in cleaning it up’. Alas, last year the United Kingdom Supreme Court stole a march on him with a series of decisions that have improved the intelligibility of this area of law. Fortunately, though, the approach adopted by the Supreme Court vindicates many of Plunkett’s arguments and so The Duty of Care in Negligence remains a must-read for all tort scholars.

Published May 2019
Frequency Bi-Monthly
Volume 82
Issue 3
Print ISSN 0026-7961
Online ISSN 1468-2230