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Defendant must behave as a reasonable man

Blyth v Birmingham Waterworks


The man on the Clapham Omnibus

Hall v Brooklands


Reasonable man is not the paragon of circumspection

AC Billings v Riden


Learner driver judged by standard of ordinarily competent driver

Nettleship v Weston


Person does not have to do everything possible to prevent harm, only what a reasonable person would do

Etheridge v East Sussex CC


Reasonable man is free from over confidence and over apprehension

Glasgow Corporation v Muir


Professional standard - D must exercise the ordinary skill of an ordinary competent man exercising that particular art (not the highest expert skill



For children test is the reasonable child of D's age

Mullins v Richard


Junior doctor judged by standard of reasonably competent doctor in that field

Wilsher v Essex HA


Jeweller ear piercing = standard of reasonable jeweller

Philips v William Whiteley


DIY fanatic = standard of reasonable man, not carpenter

Wells v Cooper


professionals claiming to possess greater skill than that normally possessed by member of their profession still judged by standards of the ordinary reasonable member of their profession

Wimpey Construction v Poole


If the defendant takes on a task that he ought to know is beyond his capabilities, that may be evidence in itself of negligence

Greaves v Baynham


elderly man suffered stroke whilst driving. he was judged according to the standard of a reasonably competent driver. He should have stopped as soon as he realised he was being affected

Roberts v Ramsbottom


lorry driver crashed after suffering hypoglycaemic state. There was no evidence that he knew that his ability to drive had been impaired ā€“ judged against a reasonably competent driver who is unaware that he is suffering from such a condition

Mansfield v Weetabix


When the defendant is participating in sports, provided he uses reasonable care to play by the rules, he will not be liable to other participants or spectators

Condon v Basi


Even if the game amounts to horseplay rather than organised sport, there may be no breach unless Dā€™s conduct amounts to recklessness or a very high degree of carelessness

Blake v Galloway