In this article I address the question of whether the omissions principle – the principle that the common law does not impose liability for omissions – applies with the same force in negligence cases involving public authority defendants as in cases involving private defendants. My argument is that the answer depends upon the answer to a prior question: can a duty of care be based upon the public law powers and duties of a public authority? In making my argument, I refute the views both of those who insist that a claim in negligence against a public authority can be rejected purely because it relates to an omission not falling within one of the standard exceptions to the omissions principle and of those who insist that such a claim can succeed while at the same denying that a duty of care can be based on a public authority’s public law powers and duties.
Tom Cornford, The Negligence Liability Of Public Authorities For Omissions, Cambridge Law Journal, volume 78, issue 3 (November 2019), pp 545-569. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0008197319000692. Published online by Cambridge University Press: 15 November 2019.