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date: 12 June 2024

p. 1017. Transfer of ownership by a non-ownerlocked

p. 1017. Transfer of ownership by a non-ownerlocked

  • Eric BaskindEric BaskindSenior Lecturer in Law, Liverpool John Moores University Visiting Research Fellow, Oxford Brookes University


Each Concentrate revision guide is packed with essential information, key cases, revision tips, exam Q&As, and more. Concentrates show you what to expect in a law exam, what examiners are looking for, and how to achieve extra marks. This chapter, which focuses on the situation where a seller is able to transfer ownership of certain goods to a third party despite having no right to the goods, first explains the so-called nemo dat rule, which protects the true owner of the goods and the innocent purchaser gets no title whatever. It then considers several statutory exceptions to the nemo dat rule that protect the innocent purchaser. The chapter also examines how estoppel is applied, sale by a mercantile agent, void and voidable contracts, sale by a seller in possession after sale, sale by a buyer in possession after sale, sale of a vehicle acquired on hire purchase, the (now repealed) sale in market overt, and special powers of sale.

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