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Insurance and the Law of Obligations$
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Rob Merkin and Jenny Steele

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199645749

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645749.001.0001

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Allocation of Risk and Tort Law

Allocation of Risk and Tort Law

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(p.202) (p.203) 8 Allocation of Risk and Tort Law
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Insurance and the Law of Obligations
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Rob Merkin

Jenny Steele

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645749.003.0008

Turns from contract to tort, exploring the significance of insurance in determining the existence and ambit of tort duties. Explains the perceived differences between contract and tort duties and explores the significance of party risk allocation arrangements, including insurance arrangements, in relation to tort. Explains that attention to insurance arrangements is not inconsistent with the idea of ‘duty’. Explores the role of insurance arrangements in relation to tort duties in a variety of cases, beginning with ‘contractual matrix’ cases including construction cases; then turning to cases of ‘advice’ between parties and other cases beyond the contractual matrix; to public authority liability; and to employers’ duties to employees. Explains how insurance issues, and particularly risk allocation issues, have influenced the most significant developments in the law relating to negligence duties in particular.

Keywords:   Tort, Duties, Contractual matrix, Risk allocation, Deterrence, Pragmatism, Formalism, Advice, Public authorities, Employers

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