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Street on Torts

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Author: Christian Witting

Price: 36.99

Edition: 14th Edition (February 2015)

ISBN: 978-0-19-870094-4

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Now in its fourteenth edition, Street on Torts, coming some three years after the last edition, has been fully updated to take into account all recent developments including the introduction of the Defamation Act 2013 and a new chapter on a duty of care on public authorities.  The authorship has also now solely passed to Christian Witting after John Murphy's decision to pass the baton after co-authoring the last edition.  The aim of Street on Torts, however, remains the same: to provide a comprehensive, accurate, and accessible account of tort law.  It certainly achieves that aim with considerable ease.

Street on Torts, written by an experienced academic, is split into nine parts: introduction; negligent invasions of interests in the person, property interests, and financial interests; intentional invasions of interests in the person and property; interference with economic and intellectual property interests; torts involving strict or stricter liability; interests in reputation: defamation; misuse of private information; misuse of process and public powers; and parties and remedies.  Many of these parts include a number of chapters.  This approach largely mirrors a typical undergraduate tort law module ensuring the text is laid out in a logical way.

I have been a fan of Street on Torts for many years.  I first came across it when looking at the tort of wrongful interference (which is often overlooked at undergraduate level but of vital importance in practice).  It is (and remains) clearly written and covers the key points in an admirably concise and accessible style (the section on limitation is, for example, excellent given the complications that limitation can bring for practitioners).  Each chapter has an excellent 'key points' at the start and 'further reading' at the end.  It includes an online resource centre ("ORC") which, by the time of this review, includes one update from August 2015 and an additional chapter on animal torts.

Many students often gripe about the technical or convoluted language of tort law; Street on Torts does not (thankfully) suffer from this issue.  Instead, it easily achieves its aims and raises thought-provoking issues.  Its layout is well thought-out meaning the material is logically arranged and easy to navigate.  It really provides an excellent link between the introductory texts and the heavyweight texts (which fully analyse each and every point; sometimes in too much detail for undergraduates).  The fact that it also has an ORC which already includes an update means it provides excellent value for money.  Street on Torts is easily an excellent choice for anyone interested in tort law.

Reviewed on 4 October 2015

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