A primary reference tool on the general principles and the particular aspects of common law damages, McGregor on Damages is still the leading authority on damages and has been for over 50 years. Part of the Common Law Library McGregor on Damages provides in-depth and comprehensive coverage of the law, from detailed consideration of the general principles to a full analysis of specific areas of damages.
The 21st edition contains a number of significant new features:
- Each and every chapter of the book's fifty chapters has been updated and many have been very substantially revised.
- An entirely rewritten chapter on licence fee damages following the groundbreaking decision of the Supreme Court in Morris-Garner v One Step (Support) Ltd  UKSC 20,  AC 649. This detailed new chapter explains the circumstances in which this very important category of damages will be available after that decision.
- Many revisions and updated chapters have been prompted by important new decisions. The rewritten chapter on causation, scope of duty and remoteness of damages, by itself, reflects new and important decisions of the Supreme Court and Privy Council such as Tiuta International Ltd v De Villiers Surveyors Ltd  UKSC 77,  1 WLR 4627; Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust  UKSC 50,  AC 831; Perry v Raleys Solicitors  2 WLR 636; R (Hemmati) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  UKSC 56,  3 W.L.R. 1156; and Attorney General of the Virgin Islands v Global Water Associates Ltd  UKPC 18 as well as decisions of the Court of Appeal and High Court in MNX v Khan  EWCA Civ 2609,  EWCA Civ 152; Clay v TUI UK Ltd  EWCA Civ 1177,  4 All ER 672; Duce v Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust  EWCA Civ 1307; Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton UK LLP  EWCA Civ 40,  1 W.L.R. 4610; ARB v IVF Hammersmith Ltd  EWCA Civ 2803,  QB 93; Phones4u Ltd (In admin) v EE Ltd  EWHC 49 (Comm); Nautical Challenge Ltd v Evergreen Marine (UK) Ltd  EWHC 163 (Admrlty),  1 Lloyd's Rep 543; Rihan v Ernst and Young Global  EWHC 901 (QB); Leggett v Giambrone Law LLP (in liq)  EWHC 724 (QB) and McAlpine Grant Ilco Ltd v AFR Refrigeration Ltd  EWHC 106 (QB).
- Expanded coverage of torts causing personal injury, torts causing death and assault and false imprisonment including important decisions such as Dryden v Johnson Matthey Plc  UKSC 18,  AC 403; R (on the application of Hemmati) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 2122;  QB 708; ARB v IVF Hammersmith  EWCA Civ 2803;  QB 93; Irani v Duchon  EWCA Civ 2609; XX v Whittington Hospital NHS Trust  UKSC 14,  2 WLR 972; and Khan v Meadows  EWCA Civ 152,  4 WLR 26; Smith v Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust  EWCA Civ 1916,  QB 804.
- Further inclusion of money awards for equitable wrongdoing, both to compensate for losses and to disgorge a defendant's profits including for breach of trust, breach of confidence, and misuse of personal information.
- Discussion and explanation of significant developments in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court and in other common law jurisdictions in relation to damages for professional negligence, breach of privacy and misuse of private information, defamation, consequential loss clauses, pure economic loss, aggravated damages, vindicatory damages and many more.
- Provides comprehensive coverage of the law of damages, from detailed consideration of the general principles to specific heads of damages
- Clarifies complex areas such as loss of a chance, mitigation, causation and exemplary damages
- Examines such issues as periodical payments and interest on damages
- Goes through statement of case, the trial and appeals
- Considers damages in relation to particular contracts, tort and human rights such as below:
- Sale of Goods, Hire and Hire-purchase of Goods, Sale of Land, Contracts to Pay or to Lend Money, Contracts for Carriage and Contracts of Employment
- Torts affecting Goods: Damages and Destruction, Misappropriation, Torts Affecting Land, Torts Causing Personal Injury, Torts Causing Death, Assault and False Imprisonment, Malicious Institution of Legal
- Proceedings, Defamation, Economic Torts, Misrepresentation, Infringement of Privacy and Misfeasance in Public Office
- Damages are sought through the courts to compensate someone who suffers loss, damage or injury caused by the action of others
The 21st edition, published in December 2020, is now supplied as a set inclusive of the 2nd Cumulative Supplement published in November 2022. The supplement updates the main-work with the latest changes and new case law