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Re: 'reasonable and prudent man' test

Posted by Ward on November 25, 2004

In Reply to: Re: 'reasonable and prudent man' test posted by Lewis on November 25, 2004

: : There is in US jurisprudence a 'reasonable and prudent man' test which is used to determine if an individual should have forseen the consequences of an action. Is this a US concept, or is it taken from English common law or prior law in the UK?

: it is derived from English 'common law'. there are variations, bu the most famous is "the man on the Clapham omnibus" - a mythical person who peceives the relevent facts and has an opinion.

: the 'reasonable and prudent man' is a variation and the requirement for prudence is probably a reference to the reasonable investor/business person. it sounds like a term from 'due diligence' in the performance of a duty.

: 'reasonableness' is an amazingly big legal topic and you can find people who have devoted their careers to defining it.

: I once had a case due to be heard in the House of Lords on the question of the meaning of the word 'likely'. Before trial, a piece of legislation was passed that made defining the meaning unnecessary, so funding was pulled.

: Shame that.

: Lewis

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