University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law

Informal Carers and Private Law

Posted on Tuesday 11th December 2012.

Informal Carers and Private LawHart Publishing has published Informal Carers and Private Law by Brian Sloan.

Every day, large numbers of altruistic individuals, in the absence of any legal duty, provide substantial and essential services for elderly and disabled people. In doing so, many such informal carers suffer financial and other disadvantages. This book considers the scope for a "private law" approach to rewarding, supporting or compensating carers, an increasingly vital topic in the context of an ageing population and the need for savings in public expenditure. Adopting a comparative approach, the book explores the recognition of the informal carer and his or her relationship with the care recipient within diverse fields of private law, from unjust enrichment to succession. Aspects of the analysis include the importance of a promise of a reward from the care recipient and the appropriate measure of any remedy. In considering the potential for expansion of a "private law" approach for carers, the book addresses the fundamental and controversial question of the price of altruism.

For more information about this book, please refer to the Hart website. For information about this book and other publications by Dr Sloan, see his Faculty Profile.

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