Focus: Torts, 10th edition

A succinct, authoritative and accessible introduction to Australian torts law

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ISBN/ISSN: 9780409357493
Release Date: November 08, 2023
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The tenth edition of Focus: Torts assists students to develop a better understanding of torts by identifying and explaining key areas of study. The authors use a straightforward, structured approach to help demystify even the most complex of legal concepts. Both common law principles and Australian statutory regimes are covered extensively, providing a detailed account of similarities and differences across all Australian jurisdictions. The text provides the reader with numerous opportunities to develop critical thinking skills by practising answers to hypothetical legal problems.

The tenth edition incorporates recent case law, legislative changes and discussion questions intended to provoke reflection on the state of the law. Among other things, this new edition considers recent legislative changes introducing a serious harm threshold for defamation claims, as well as the following significant new cases:

Binsaris v Northern Territory (HCA, 2020)
Bird v DP (VSCA, 2023)
Brocklands Pty Ltd v Tasmanian Networks Pty Ltd (TasSC, Full Ct, 2020)
CCIG Investments Pty Ltd v Schokman (HCA, 2023)
Comensoli v O'Connor (VSCA, 2023)
Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU) v Personnel Contracting Pty Ltd (HCA, 2022)
Dean v Pope (NSWCA, 2022)
East Metropolitan Health Service v Ellis (WASCA, 2020)
Electricity Networks Corp v Herridge Parties (HCA, 2022)
Ethicon Sàrl v Gill (FCA, Full Court, 2021)
Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd v Voller (HCA, 2021)
Google LLC v Defteros (HCA, 2022)
Kozarov v Victoria (HCA, 2022)
John XXIII College v SMA (ACTCA, 2022)
Lewis v ACT (HCA, 2020)
PCB v The Geelong College (VSC, 2021)
Queensland Bulk Water Supply Authority (t/as Seqwater) v Rodriguez & Sons Pty Ltd (NSWCA, 2021)
Roberts-Smith v Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd (No 41) (FCA 2023)
Roy v O’Neill (HCA, 2020)
Sydney Local Health District v Macquarie International Health Clinic Pty Ltd (NSWCA, 2020)
Tapp v Australian Bushmen’s Campdraft & Rodeo Association Ltd (HCA, 2022)


• Succinct and accessible discussion of key tort law principles
• User-friendly design and strong pedagogic features
• Comprehensive coverage of all Australian jurisdictions
• Timesaving online support for lecturers

Related Titles

• Foster, Torts Cases and Commentary Supplement: Defamation and Wrongful Interference with Goods, 2nd ed, 2019
• Howe & Walsh, LexisNexis Study Guide: Torts, 4th ed, 2021
• Luntz et al, Luntz & Hambly’s Torts: Cases and Commentary, 9th ed, 2021
• Paine, LexisNexis Questions and Answers: Tort , 6th ed, 2023
• Rolph et al, Balkin & Davis Law of Torts, 6th ed, 2021


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Table of contents

  • 1. Introduction

  • 2. Overview of Negligence

  • 3. Standard of Care and Breach of Duty

  • 4. Causation: Factual Causation and Scope of Liability

  • 5. Duty of Care: Basic Concepts

  • 6. ‘Affirmative Action’: The Duty to Act

  • 7. Liability of Public Authorities

  • 8. Economic Loss

  • 9. Mental Harm

  • 10. Defence: Contributory Negligence

  • 11. Other Defences: Voluntary Assumption of Risk, Obvious Risk, Recreational Activities, Exclusion of Liability by Notice, and Illegality; Defendants’ Protections

  • 12. Assessment of Damages for Personal Injuries

  • 13. Breach of Statutory Duty

  • 14. Loss Distribution Mechanisms: Vicarious Liability, Non-Delegable Duty, Joint and Several Liability, and Proportionate Liability

  • 15. Nuisance

  • 16. Trespass to the Person

  • 17. Trespass to Land

  • 18. Intentional Torts Relating to Goods

  • 19. Defences to and Remedies for Intentional Torts

  • 20. Defamation

  • 21. Revision