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.
- 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
- Explains difficult and rapidly developing heads of damages such as licence fee damages, vindicatory damages, and damages that permit disgorgement of a defendant's profits
- 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, torts and human rights such as below:
- Contracts: Sale of Goods, Hire and Hire-purchase of Goods, Sale of Land, Contracts to Pay or to Lend Money, Contracts for Carriage, Contracts of Employment, and Contracts for Professional Services
- Torts: 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, Confidence and Private information, and Misfeasance in Public Office
- Human Rights: Comprehensive examination of damages under the Human Rights Act 1998 including the claims for which these damages are available, the circumstances when they will be available, and their quantum.
The Second Cumulative Supplement to the Twenty-First edition covers all the latest developments in the law of damages since publication of the Twenty-First edition in December 2020 and the First Supplement to that edition. These include important decisions on licence fee damages, breaches of undertakings as to damages, scope of damages exclusion clauses, liquidated damages for demurrage, penalty clauses, income tax and equitable compensation or disgorgement of profits, undertakings as to damages, the Simmonds v Castle uplift, the extent of recovery of care hire costs as damages for loss of use of a car, provisional damages for personal injury, damages for defamation, additional damages for intellectual property infringements, interest and damages for deceit.
Case updates include:
- Lloyd v Google LLC  UKSC 50;  3 WLR 1268 which was a case concerning a claim for damages under s. 13 of the Data Protection Act in the context of an application for permission to serve a claim form on Google LLC. In the course of that consideration that claim, Lord Leggatt expressed important views about the availability of user damages for a claim for misuse of private information.
- Ennismore Fund Management Ltd v Fenris Consulting Ltd  UKPC 27 and Dr Reddy's Laboratories (UK Limited) v Warner-Lambert Company Ltd  EWHC 2182 (Ch) in which the Privy Council and the Chancery Division, respectively, considered and applied the principles concerning the calculation of loss flowing from a breach of an undertaking as to damages, addressing issues including those of causation and loss of chance. The issue of loss flowing from breach of an undertaking as to damages was introduced as a new chapter in the 20th edition of this book and updated in the 21st edition.
- Arsalan v Rixon  HCA 40; (2021) 395 ALR 390 and Armstead v Royal Sun Alliance Insurance Company  EWCA Civ 497, decisions of the High Court of Australia and the Court of Appeal of England and Wales which considered ongoing issues related to the quantum of damages following a motor vehicle collision due to negligence which results in the innocent party hiring a substitute vehicle during the period of repairs.
- K-Line Pte Ltd v Priminds Shipping (HK) Co Ltd ("The Eternal Bliss")  EWCA Civ 1712;  3 All ER 396 in which the Court of Appeal finally resolved a difficult question of damages that has plagued the courts for a century: when, if at all, is it possible to recover unliquidated damages separately from a demurrage clause for breach of a charterparty?