Donoghue v Stevenson [1932] AC 562 was a landmark House of Lords case which created the modern tort of negligence.

It was in Donoghue that Lord Atkin conceived the neighbour principle, which defines when a duty of care is said to exist between parties. A duty of care is one of three conditions which needs to be met in order for liability in negligence to be established.

The case arose after a woman, May Donoghue, became unwell after drinking a bottle of ginger beer containing a decomposing snail. Because her friend had bought the drink for her, Donoghue did not have a contractual relationship with either the café the drink was bought from or with the manufacturer, Stevenson.

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