The following Dispute Resolution practice note produced in partnership with Professor Richard A Buckley M.A, D.Phil, DCL, Oxford of University of Reading provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
Having established that a duty of care exists (see Practice Note: Negligence—when does a duty of care arise?), it is then necessary to consider whether or not there has been a breach of that duty. This will depend on a number of factors outlined below and considered against the general background of reasonableness objectively considered.
In order to determine whether a duty of care has been broken, the law adopts the artificial objective standard of the ‘reasonable person’, which involves ignoring the realities of the defendant's situation in so far as their capacities differ from that standard (Glasgow Corpn, per Lord Macmillan).
The objective requirement of a reasonable level of competence applies to skills, which can only be acquired by training and effort, as well as to basic attributes, which most people can be expected to possess.
Thus, learner-drivers of motor cars owe the same duty to drive with the degree of skill and care to be expected of a competent and experienced driver (Nettleship).
Where a professional person is involved, the standard of care will be related to the expertise professed by the defendant. A specialist will therefore be judged by the standard reasonably to be expected of specialists in that branch of the profession in question (Matrix-Securities), and general practitioners by the
Free trials are only available to individuals based in the UK
Complete all the fields above to proceed to the next step.
**Trials are provided to all LexisPSL and LexisLibrary content, excluding Practice Compliance, Practice Management and Risk and Compliance, subscription packages are tailored to your specific needs. To discuss trialling these LexisPSL services please email customer service via our online form. Free trials are only available to individuals based in the UK. We may terminate this trial at any time or decide not to give a trial, for any reason. Trial includes one question to LexisAsk during the length of the trial.
To view the latest version of this document and thousands of others like it, sign-in to LexisPSL or register for a free trial.
Existing user? Sign-in
Hearsay evidence in civil litigationThis Practice Note provides guidance on the interpretation and application of the relevant provisions of the CPR. Depending on the court in which your matter is proceeding, you may also need to be mindful of additional provisions—see further below.This Practice
Working with counselInstructing counsel to advocate on a client’s behalf should be a matter of careful thought and preparation. The role of counsel is to provide independent objective advice and to deploy the skill of advocacy on behalf of the client. Although they are part of a team, they also
Lexcel—assessmentLexcel is the Law Society's practice management standard. It is not compulsory although Lexcel accreditation can be helpful for firms wishing to be accredited under the Conveyancing Quality Scheme or the Legal Service Board's Specialist Quality Mark. This Practice Note tells you
What is a statutory declaration of solvency, and what happens if a false declaration of solvency is madeStatutory declaration of solvencyA company enters voluntary liquidation when the members of the company vote to do so by a special resolution. For more information, see Practice Note: What is a
0330 161 1234