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Sealy and Hooley's Commercial LawText, Cases, and Materials

Sealy and Hooley's Commercial Law: Text, Cases, and Materials (6th edn)

David Fox, Roderick Munday, Baris Soyer, Andrew Tettenborn, and Peter Turner
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date: 13 April 2024

p. 35610. Transfer of titlelocked

p. 35610. Transfer of titlelocked

  • D Fox, D FoxProfessor of Common Law, University of Edinburgh
  • RJC Munday, RJC MundayReader Emeritus in Law, University of Cambridge
  • B Soyer, B SoyerProfessor of Commercial and Maritime Law, Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law, Swansea University
  • AM TettenbornAM TettenbornChair in Law, Swansea University
  •  and PG TurnerPG TurnerVisiting Senior Fellow of the Melbourne Law School


This chapter examines how a buyer can get good title to goods where the seller’s own title is non-existent or problematic. It provides an overview of the rule nemo dat quod non habet and then discusses various exceptions to it, including estoppel, sale under the Factors Act 1889, sale under a voidable title, sale by seller continuing in possession, and sale by a buyer in possession. In addition this chapter compares the common law and civil law approaches to the problem and encourages a critical approach to the issues it raises.

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