Focus: Torts, 8th edition

The eight edition of Focus: Torts is designed to assist students to develop a greater understanding of torts by identifying and explaining key areas of study. Using a straightforward, structured approach and written in plain English, the authors help demystify even the most complex of legal concepts.

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The eighth edition of Focus: Torts is designed to assist students to develop a greater understanding of torts by identifying and explaining key areas of study. Using a straightforward, structured approach and written in plain English, the authors help demystify even the most complex of legal concepts.

The authors extensively cover both common law principles and Australian statutory regimes, providing a detailed account of similarities and differences across all Australian jurisdictions. The text has a particular emphasis on problem-solving, providing the reader with numerous opportunities to develop critical thinking skills and to practise answering legal problem questions.

The new edition incorporates recent case law and legislative changes, and includes a large number of updated guided answers to problem questions. Important new cases explored in this new edition include:

  • Allen v Chadwick (2015)
  • Hunter & New England Local Health District v McKenna (2014)
  • King v Philcox (2015)
  • Marsh v Baxter (2015)
  • Prince Alfred College Inc v ADC (2016)
  • Robinson Helicopter Co Inc v McDermott (2016)
  • Powney v Kerang & District Health (2014)
  • T & X Co Pty Ltd v Chivas (2014)
  • Waller v James (2015)

Related Titles

Howe, Walsh & Rooney, LexisNexis Study Guide: Torts, 3rd ed, 2016
Luntz, Hambly, Burns, Dietrich, Foster, Grant, Harder, Torts: Cases & Commentary, 8th ed, 2017
Paine, LexisNexis Questions and Answers: Torts, 4th ed, 2015
Stickley, Australian Torts Law, 4th ed, 2017

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Table of contents


  1. Introduction

  2. Overview of Negligence

  3. Standard of Care

  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 and Special Protections

  12. Breach of Statutory Duty

  13. Loss Distribution Mechanisms: Vicarious Liability, Non-Delegable Duties, Contribution between Tortfeasors and Proportionate Liability

  14. Nuisance

  15. Trespass to the Person

  16. Trespass to Land

  17. Intentional Torts Relating to Goods

  18. Defences to and Remedies for Intentional Torts

  19. Defamation

  20. Revision