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Tort Law Quiz

Test yourself on the principles of tort law.

This quiz selects 50 random questions from the Ipsa Loquitur Tort Law question bank, so the quiz will be different each time you take it. To take all the questions on a particular subject, visit that subject's revision page.


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What kinds of losses are recoverable under the Occupiers Liability Act 1984?

2 / 50

What type of harm must a secondary victim of psychiatric harm in negligence show was foreseeable to establish that their loss was not too remote?

3 / 50

When reducing damages for contributory negligence, can the court make a 100% reduction?


4 / 50

What must be shown for a statutory duty to give rise to a separate action for breach of statutory duty?

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When will the defence of illegality bar a claim?

6 / 50

What is the purpose of damages in tort?

7 / 50

When is a child competent to give consent to an action which would otherwise constitute a personal interference tort?

8 / 50

What factors are relevant to whether the defence of illegality is established? (Four answers)

9 / 50

What three factors indicate that damages in lieu of an injunction should be granted in an injunction claim?

10 / 50

What is the 'event' that the secondary victim must have been in close proximity to?

11 / 50

Do the police owe victims a duty of care when investigating crime?

12 / 50

What two matters must the defendant show to establish the defence of volenti non fit injuria?

13 / 50

If an act of the claimant, nature or a third party was the kind of thing the defendant's duty was supposed to guard against, can it break the chain of legal causation?

14 / 50

When is the defence of volenti non fit injuria unavailable to the defendant?

15 / 50

According to the Bolam test, when will a professional defendant not be in breach of their duty in negligence?

16 / 50

In private nuisance, what is the effect on the assessment of reasonableness that the claimant's use was especially sensitive to the nuisance?

17 / 50

If the defendant touches the claimant accidentally but refuses to end the contact when asked, has the defendant committed the tort of battery?


18 / 50

For the purposes of the defence under s 4(1)(e) (the state of scientific and technical knowledge) of the Consumer Protection Act 1987, when can a producer show they could not have discovered the defect?

19 / 50

The claimant has sued the defendant for false imprisonment. They claim that they initially consented to the detention, but later withdrew their consent. The defendant shows that it would be very costly and inconvenient to put this withdrawal of consent into effect. Is the defendant liable for false imprisonment?


20 / 50

When is an adult competent to give consent to an action which would otherwise constitute a personal interference tort?

21 / 50

When determining whether the defence of contributory negligence is available, what is the relevance of the claimant being a child?

22 / 50

What duty of care is owed by occupiers to their visitors?

23 / 50

What must the claimant who is a trespasser show to demonstrate that a duty is owed to them under the Occupiers Liability Act 1984? (Three answers)

24 / 50

The police may normally rely on their powers of arrest and stops as a defence to a personal interference tort claim. When is this not the case?

25 / 50

A member of the public has the power to enact a citizen's arrest for any offence. True or false?


26 / 50

Can liability be excluded for a breach of the Occupiers Liability Act 1984?

27 / 50

What must a claimant show to prove that a statutory duty of care is applicable in their case?

28 / 50

What three matters must the claimant establish to show that the defendant has committed private nuisance against them?

29 / 50

If the escape in issue in a Rylands v Fletcher kind of case was caused by an act of nature, is the defendant liable?

30 / 50

If the defendant owes the claimant a duty to inform them as to the risks involved in an activity, what risks must the defendant tell the claimant of to fulfil the duty?

31 / 50

Polly runs over Gareth in her car, instantly putting him in a coma. As part of his damages for a successful negligence claim, can Gareth claim compensation for pain and suffering?


32 / 50

The standard of care in negligence lowered for learners, trainees or the inexperienced. True or false?


33 / 50

The defendant performed surgery on the claimant. They first informed the claimant about the nature and purpose of the surgery, but did not inform them of serious risks of injury involved. The claimant agreed to the surgery. The claimant then sues the defendant in the tort of battery, claiming that they did not give valid consent. Is the claimant correct?


34 / 50

When does a person breach their duty of care?

35 / 50

If the claimant's chances of negotiating their way out of an economic loss have been reduced from 48% to 21% by the defendant's negligence, can they establish factual causation?


36 / 50

Which test applies when determining whether there is a duty of care in non-novel cases?

37 / 50

You are dealing with a claim where the defendant has attempted to exclude liability against a consumer for negligence. Which Act determines whether the notice is valid?

38 / 50

What are the elements for determining whether a mandatory injunction should be granted? (Four answers)

39 / 50

What state of mind must the defendant possess before a claimant can establish the tort of false imprisonment?

40 / 50

The claimant is a trespasser on the defendant's land. They encounter an unlocked door with a sign saying 'keep out', which they read. They open the door and walk through, where they injure themselves by falling in a pit. Assuming that a duty of care is owed under the Occupiers Liability Act 1984, has the defendant fulfilled that duty by placing a 'keep out' sign on the door?

41 / 50

Which four factors indicate that a defendant's actions are 'reasonable' for the purposes of private and public nuisance?

42 / 50

What two elements must the claimant show to demonstrate that the defendant is vicariously liable for the torts of another?

43 / 50

Can something which is inherent in how the product operates constitute a defect for the purposes of the Consumer Protection Act 1987?

44 / 50

Does the claimant need to be aware they are being detained to establish the tort of false imprisonment?

45 / 50

When determining if the defence of self-defence or defence of others applies in tort, what facts may be taken into account to judge whether the force was necessary?

46 / 50

Polly runs over Gareth in her car, instantly putting him in a coma. As part of his damages for a successful negligence claim, can Gareth claim compensation for loss of amenity?


47 / 50

When does the Bolam test not apply when determining if a professional is in breach of their duty in negligence?

48 / 50

If a claimant succeeds in establishing a tort and is awarded contemptuous damages, the defendant must pay their costs. True or false?


49 / 50

Can a claimant give valid consent to an action which causes actual bodily harm or greater in tort?

50 / 50

Which 5 factors are relevant to whether the defendant has breached a duty of care they owe in negligence?

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