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The Judicial House of Lords 1876–2009$
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Louis Blom-Cooper QC, Brice Dickson, and Gavin Drewry

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199532711

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532711.001.0001

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Commercial Law

Commercial Law

Chapter:
(p.700) 38 Commercial Law
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The Judicial House of Lords 1876–2009
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Francis Reynolds

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532711.003.0044

This chapter focuses on the role of the House of Lords in relation to commercial law. It discusses basic contract law, shipping law in general including marine insurance, sale of goods, bills of exchange and banking, company law, and some parts of the conflict of laws. It argues that from the point of view of the steady development of commercial law through judicial decisions, the picture presented by the House of Lords' decisions is incomplete. A large number of commercial decisions have also emanated from the Privy Council: during the first thirty years of the 20th century significant cases, especially in banking and insurance, came from Canada, Australia, and New Zealand; in the mid to late 20th century from Australia and New Zealand; and until quite recently still from New Zealand. Although these are outside the scope of the chapter, whatever their true precedential status, all can be used in argument, and some of them are regularly cited as marking key developments in English commercial law.

Keywords:   House of Lords, English law, contract law, shipping law, conflict of laws

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