“A defendant who could reasonably foresee that his negligent actions would damage property owed a duty of care to a beneficial owner of that property. If the defendant damaged the property, he would be liable not merely for the physical loss of that property but also for the foreseeable consequences of that loss, such as the extra expenditure to which the beneficial owner was put or the loss of profit which he incurred. Provided that the beneficial owner could join the legal owner in the proceedings, it did not matter that the beneficial owner was not himself in possession of the property.”
WLR Daily, 8th March 2010
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