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Now in its second edition, this essential text on the Law of Damages provides a comprehensive and authoritative account of the legal principles to be applied in assessing damages. It examines the current law and also highlights areas for possible future development. The text covers all the key areas and general principles of damages making it an essential text for both practitioners and academics. Written by leading academics and QCs, this essential text on the Law of Damages provides a comprehensive and authoritative account of the legal principles to be applied in assessing damages. It examines the current law and highlights areas for possible future development. Commentary has been extensively updated to include: two new chapters - Contracts for the Benefit of Third Parties and Penalties and Liquidated Damages; a detailed and incisive consideration of the post-April 2005 periodic payment regime and particular consideration of the decision of the Court of Appeal in Thompstone v Tameside; a practitioner's insight into the complexity of the deduction of state benefits in high value claims with particular reference to the decision in Crofton v National Health Service Litigation Authority; a helpful guide for practitioners to the assessment of general damages utilising the "JSB Guidelines, Eighth Edition"; and, a comprehensive review of all the up-to-date authorities on assessment of damages, both special and future loss, in personal injury claims. The book is part of the Common Law menu which is supported by annual updates.