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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: 26 February 2024

p. 86623. Receivables financinglocked

p. 86623. Receivables financinglocked

  • 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 focuses on the use of receivables for financing purposes. The term ‘receivable’ is a commercial expression referring to money that is receivable in the performance and discharge of a legal obligation. The terms ‘receivables’ and ‘book debts’ are often used interchangeably. However, ‘receivables’ is more broad than ‘book debts’: it includes book debts but is not limited to them. This chapter first considers the definition of ‘receivables financing’ before discussing financing by sale, either through factoring or block discounting. It then examines financing by secured transactions, along with other doctrines affecting assigned receivables such as the rule in Dearle v Hall. It also considers proposals to reform the law governing receivables and concludes with an analysis of international factoring.

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