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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: 22 May 2024

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  • 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 serves as an introduction to commercial credit and security. Credit plays an important role in the world of commerce. In the sale of goods, for example, the seller may have to borrow money from a bank so that he can obtain the buyer’s order and supply the goods as required. The bank loan is a form of credit. This chapter first considers the definition of credit before discussing two forms of credit: loan credit and sale credit. It then examines the nature and purpose of security, real security and security interest, and quasi-security. It also describes the three stages involved in the process of creating an effective security interest: attachment, perfection, and priorities. Finally, it analyses the agreement to give security over future property and the proposed reform of the applicable law.

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