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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. 2778. Introduction and definitionslocked

p. 2778. Introduction and definitionslocked

  • 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 the English law governing sale of goods, along with relevant definitions. It introduces the common law of sale of goods and its subsequent codification by the Sale of Goods Act 1893, later consolidated in 1979 and which (following further minor amendments) is now the principal source of the law. It also considers some key definitions relating to sale of goods, before discussing the nature of a sale and how it differs from related transactions such as barter or exchange, bailment, agency, and hire-purchase.

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