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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. 78722. Assignment of choses in actionlocked

p. 78722. Assignment of choses in actionlocked

  • 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 deals with the general law of assignment of choses in action. Beginning with the historically based difference between equitable and statutory assignment, it then explains what ‘chose in action’ and ‘assignment’ are before discussing the requirement that there be an existing and assignable chose in action or right as well as the requirement that a person who holds an existing assignable chose in action intends to assign it. It also examines whether and when a rule of legal formality requires writing to be made; whether and when notice of the assignment is required; and obstacles to the enforcement of an assigned chose in action.

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