Atiyah's Accidents, Compensation and the Law

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 26, 2006 - Law
Since its first publication, Accidents, Compensation and the Law has been recognised as the leading treatment of the law of personal injuries compensation and the social, political and economic issues surrounding it. The seventh edition of this classic work explores recent momentous changes in personal injury law and practice and puts them into broad perspective. Most significantly, it examines developments affecting the financing and conduct of personal injury claiming: the abolition of legal aid for most personal injury claims; the increasing use of conditional fee agreements and after-the-event insurance; the meteoric rise and impending regulation of the claims management industry. Complaints that Britain is a 'compensation culture' suffering an 'insurance crisis' are investigated. New statistics on tort claims are discussed, providing fresh insights into the evolution of the tort system which, despite recent reforms, remains deeply flawed and ripe for radical reform.

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Peter Cane has been Professor of Law in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University since 1997. For twenty years previously he taught law at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. His main research interests are in the law of obligations, especially tort law; public law, especially administrative law; and legal theory. Recent publications include Responsibility in Law and Morality (2002) and The Oxford Handbook of Legal Studies (edited with Mark Tushnet) (2003).

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