chapter  1
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AN OVERVIEW OF THE LAW OF TORT

The aim of this chapter is to consider the definition, objectives and scope of the law of tort, and to take an overview of the subject. Tort law has developed over many centuries and has its origins in an agricultural society and largely rural economy of the middle ages in Britain. It is sometimes regarded as the area of common law which remains after all the other causes of action, such as contract or breach of fiduciary duty have been subtracted. As this area of law has developed it has proved to be infinitely adaptable, but it has not developed in isolation. Other areas of law have evolved alongside tort.