Further Aspects of Contract and Tort

One of the Specialist Units which count towards your BTEC Level 4 HNC in Business.

• Aim
The aim of this unit is to provide further understanding and skills on the law of contract and tort as it relates to business.
• Unit abstract
This unit develops coverage of the law of contract to include vitiating factors and discharge, including breach, and remedies. The unit also explores areas of tort such as defamation, nuisance, the rule in Rylands versus Fletcher, defences and remedies.
Businesses may have a potential liability or a claim for breach of contract which may not even be valid because, for example, of misrepresentation. In these cases there is the question of the available remedies, where the claim is for damages and how the amount is calculated.
Liability in tort extends across a range of activities. Awareness of potential liability or ability to claim and the overlap between different areas of tort is explored, as are the available defences and remedies.
• Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this unit a learner will:
1 Be able to apply the vitiating factors that could impact on an otherwise legally binding contract
2 Be able to apply the law of discharge of contract
3 Be able to apply the specific torts other than negligence which impact on business activities
4 Be able to apply the possible defences against actions in tort.


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