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Occupiers' Liability: Second Edition
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Occupiers' Liability: Second Edition

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Published June 2014 (OUP)
ISBN: 9780199680641. Hard cover, 304 pages.

Peter North 

  • The only text to provide in depth analysis and commentary on the statutory regime concerning occupiers' liability 
  • Written by an internationally renowned legal scholar Offers a clear and logical analysis of the legislative framework for both practitioners and academics
  • Contains the full text of the Occupiers' Liability Act 1957 as well as the Occupiers' Liability Act 1984 and Defective Premises Act 1972, as amended 
New to this edition 

  • The first edition was published in 1971 and has undergone significant updating to include a comprehensive analysis of the case law and statutory regime regarding occupiers' liability 
Occupiers' liability is an area of tort law rich in statutory material and jurisprudence, having developed outside the framework of general negligence liability. It governs the duty of care which an occupier, landlord or builder owes to people who visit or trespass on their land. As the only text offering in depth analysis and commentary on the legislation and case law surrounding occupiers' liability, this book represents a key reference text for all those involved in advising on or researching this area. 

Each aspect of the law in this area is examined in detail, with the definitions of premises, occupiers, visitors, and trespassers analysed through a substantial body of case law. The types of harm which occupiers may be liable for and the available defences are also given detailed discussion. Further chapters are devoted to the specific provisions and precedents governing the scope of the statutory duty of care, liability of independent contractors, and the liability of occupiers to those who enter premises under contract. 

The text also covers the statutory regime and case law surrounding liability for defective premises under the Defective Premises Act 1972, which replaced provisions relating to this under the 1957 Occupiers' Liability Act. The book includes the full text of both the 1957 and the 1984 Occupiers' Liability Acts and of the Defective Premises Act 1972. 


Primary: Judges, barristers, and solicitors practicing in the field of civil liability (especially torts), university libraries, and academics. 

Secondary: Other professionals in the property field and in local government who advise property owners, landowners and developers such as surveyors, land agents, and property and estate managers in large public and private organisations. 

Peter North, Former Door Tenant, Essex Court, Former Law Commissioner, and Former Principal of Jesus College and Vice Chancellor, University of Oxford 

Sir Peter North, Formerly Principal of Jesus College, University of Oxford, is the Editor of Cheshire North & Fawcett: Private International Law (OUP, 2008), author of Essays in Private International Law (1993 OUP) and of Civil Liability for Animals (OUP 2012) and an internationally renowned legal scholar.

Table of Contents

1: Introduction
2: Occupiers
3: Visitors
4: Premises
5: The Statutory Duty of Care
6: Occupancy and Activity Duties
7: Types of Harm
8: Defences
9: Independent Contractors
10: Visitors under Contractual Provisions
11: Trespassers
12: Liability for Defective Premises
Occupiers' Liability Act 1957
Occupiers' Liability Act 1984
Defective Premises Act 1972

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