2. The duty of care.

The defendant must owe a duty of care in relation to the general class within which the claimant and the type of damage that has arisen fall before there can be any question of liability to the claimant in question. Where there is no such notional duty to exercise care, negligence in the popular sense has no legal consequence1. However strong the facts of the claimant's particular claim, it will fail unless the defendant owes a duty to take care in the kind of relationship in question2. Arguments in favour of a duty on the particular facts of the