Tort law cases often make the news headlines. The purpose of the web links provided here is to fill you in on some of the background to the cases and, occasionally, statutes that you are studying. They include a mixture of video and audio clips, newspaper reports, blog posts, Government reports, case reports and so on. We've also taken the opportunity to include 'updates' where the law has changed or developed since the publication of the book.

In our experience it is often easier to remember the facts or decision of a particular case when you know a bit more about its background - when you can, for example, visualise the parties involved, or picture the accident or event that lead to the claim. We also believe that awareness of the context of a particular case or the passage of a statute can often help students understand – and begin to question – why the decision was reached, or why the introduction of legislation was felt necessary. Our view is that it is important that you experience – and engage with – tort law as a dynamic and fluid process, as a body of progressive rather than static, ahistorical rules. We hope that the links provided here (as well as other things you may link to from them) will help you do this and that they will give you a sense of historical perspective and an insight into the role of the context and history in the development of legal doctrine.

We've done our best to ensure that the links are as extensive as possible but the links are (obviously) not exhaustive. We urge you to make keep an eye on developments both in tort and other areas of law by reading good legal blogs as well as the law pages of quality newspapers online.

Of course, we also know that on occasions (particularly when a deadline is pressing) these sort of additional materials (as well as the others included on our online resources) can prove to be a bit of a distraction. These links are intended to supplement your studies. They are not an alternative to the harder work of reading the text book, academic commentary, and cases. In fact, there is no excuse for not reading the cases. Within these web links we've provided deep links on BAILLI to a selection of key cases from each chapter, and we encourage you to put your background reading, watching, and surfing to good use by reading these in full so that you gain a deeper understanding of the issues they raise.

A number of the cases discussed in this chapter have also been reported in the media. Here is a selection.

Patel v Mirza [2016]

Case Comment on UKSC blog -

YouTube video outlining the facts of the case -

Jackson v Murray [2015]

You can watch the Supreme Court handing down the judgment in this case here:

Don’t forget you can watch video of other cases via the Supreme Court’s YouTube channel:

Case Comment on UKSC blog:

Gray v Thames Trains [2009]

Rail crash ‘turned man into killer’ (3 March 2003)

Dan Newling, Man who claimed Paddington train crash turned him into a killer can appeal for compensation’, Daily Mail, 25 June 2008

Daily Telegraph law report

Case Comment on UKSC blog

You cannot benefit from your own wrong (19 June 2009) [now behind a paywall - your institution may have a subscription, alternatively it will be available via LexisNexis]

News report on the Paddington/Ladbroke Grove train crashes (the background to Gray) - including interviews with survivors

BBC news report – including links to eye witness videos on Paddington train crash – background to Gray v Thames Trains

Collett v Smith and Another [2008]

A BBC news report including a video report from his solicitor

'Man United trainee Ben Collett awarded record £4.5 million over injury' Marcus Leroux (12 August 2008)

Badger v Ministry of Defence [2005]

BBC news report on Badger v Ministry of Defence [2005]


Law Commission Consultation Papers on Illegality

The Illegality Defence, March 2010

Law Commission discussion of illegality defence

Lord Sumption’s speech on Illegality, April 2012

‘Reflections on the Law of Illegality’

Contributory Negligence

Cycle helmets and contributory negligence

An article on Drinkall v Whitwood as well as other cycle helmet cases

A blog post from the Guardian on ‘Why wearing a helmet could affect your legal status’


Morris v Murray [1990]

Pitts v Hunt [1990]

Jones v Livox Quarries [1952]

Gray v Thames Trains [2009]

Jackson v Murray [2015]