Paula Giliker on Tort Law Developments in 2014

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Paula Giliker, author of the Sweet & Maxwell textbook Tort, has written an article for the Law Student all about the key tort law developments thus far in 2014:

“Tort law remains a particularly dynamic area of private law and continues to evolve. It has therefore been an exciting time to update my textbook on tort law. In the first half of 2014, we have already seen an important Supreme Court decision on private nuisance and the bringing into force of the Defamation Act 2013 on 1 January 2014 (both covered in the new edition of Tort). UK Justice minister, Shailesh Vara, commented that the Defamation Act 2013 represents “the end of a long and hard-fought battle to ensure a fair balance is struck between the right to freedom of expression and people’s ability to protect their reputation.” This short article will comment on these two key developments in the first half of 2014: the Supreme Court decision in Coventry (t/a RDC Promotions) v Lawrence [2014] UKSC 13; [2014] 2 W.L.R. 433 on private nuisance and the changes introduced by the Defamation Act 2013.


Any Supreme Court decision is generally worth noting, but the February 2014 decision in Coventry v Lawrence (students may be more familiar with its Court of Appeal title: Lawrence v Fen Tigers Ltd [2012] EWCA Civ 26) gives valuable guidance in relation to a number of questions in private nuisance…”

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