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Understanding the Law of Assignment

Understanding the Law of Assignment


  • Author: C. H. Tham, Singapore Management University
  • Publication planned for: October 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108475280

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  • The practical importance of intangible personalty such as debt, bonds, equities, futures, derivatives and other financial instruments has never been greater than it is today. The same may be said of interests in intellectual property. Yet the assignment of these intangible assets from one to another remains difficult to understand. Assignments are often taken to operate as a form of transfer akin to conveyances of legal titles to tangible personalty. However, this conception does not accurately reflect the law of assignment as it has developed in the caselaw in England and Wales. This book sets out a different model of the workings of assignments as a matter of English law, one that provides an analytical, yet historically sensitive, framework which allows us to better understand how, and why, assignments work in the way the cases tell us they do.

    • Extensive application of Hohfeldian terminology and analysis shows how different ways of dealing with intangible assets affect the relationships between the parties dealing in those assets, as well as third parties interacting with those assets
    • Provides examples to illustrate how the law on equitable and statutory assignment operates and allows for clearer understanding of the detailed steps in the operation of the law
    • Offers extensive and detailed examination of the pre- and post-Supreme Court of Judicature Act 1873 position and reveals how this law has developed
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: October 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108475280
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 3 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Introduction
    2. A conceptual account of equitable and statutory assignments
    Part II. The Model:
    3. Invariability
    4. Different models of equitable assignment
    5. Misconceptions
    6. Combination
    Part III. Joinder:
    7. Joinder of assignor in equitable proceedings
    8. Joinder of assignor in proceedings at common law
    9. Equitable assignments of legal choses and non-joinder of the assignor
    Part IV. Notice:
    10. Giving notice of equitable assignments and its effect on competing assignees: the 'rule' in Dearle V. Hall
    11. Knowledge of assignment: substantive effects in equity between obligor and assignor
    12. Knowledge of assignment: procedural avoidance in equity and by statute of 'equities' or 'defences'
    Part V. Statutes:
    13. 'Statutory' assignments under Law of Property Act 1925, Section 136(1)
    14. Statutory dealings in specific classes of intangible assets
    Part VI. Consequences:
    15. Why it matters.

  • Author

    C. H. Tham, Singapore Management University
    C. H. Tham received his LL.B. from the National University of Singapore in 1994, and the B.C.L. and D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in 1998, and 2017, respectively. He joined the faculty at the Singapore Management University in 2001. He has been Professor of Law at the Singapore Management University School of Law since January 2019. He has written on a wide range of private law topics including contract remedies, cross-border insolvency, and equitable and statutory assignment, and these have been published in case notes, book chapters and peer-reviewed journals, such as Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, Trust Law International and Law Quarterly Review. His work has been cited by the UK Supreme Court and the Singapore Court of Appeal.

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