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Law and change: Scottish legal heroes
Law and change: Scottish legal heroes

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Summary

In this week you explored one of the best known cases in common law. You learnt about the case, its background and the far-reaching consequences which flowed from what had been a simple afternoon outing involving two friends. You also considered the reasons why the case was taken to the highest court on appeal and how the judgment enabled the law to more readily reflect social and economic conditions of the time. You have also become familiar with legal terminology.

After studying this week you should be able to:

  • explain the lead up to decision in Donoghue v Stevenson [1932] AC 562
  • explain the sources used by Lord Atkin in reaching his decision
  • explain the way in which neighbour principle as outlined by Lord Atkin has been acknowledged in other jurisdictions.

You are now half way through the course. The Open University would really appreciate your feedback and suggestions for future improvement in our optional end-of-course survey [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] , which you will also have an opportunity to complete at the end of Week 8. Participation will be completely confidential and we will not pass on your details to others.

You can now go to Week 5 where you will explore the work and role of the judiciary and learn about legal reasoning.