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Vol 23 No 3 March/April 2018

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Bailiffs' Law Volume 2: Persons of No Value? - The Growth of Statute from 1500 until the Present

ISBN13: 9780854900329
Published: April 2009
Publisher: Wildy, Simmonds and Hill Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £50.00

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Bailiffs' Law Volumes 1 & 2 Set

Bailiffs' Law Volume 1

The law relating to distress and execution is a much neglected area of study, despite the fact that bailiffs regularly appear in literary works and their activities are a constant feature of court rolls. This two-volume work aims to provide a detailed and comprehensive history of both the development of the law and the profession of bailiff.

The work chronicles the growth of enforcement law from Anglo-Saxon times, tracing the continuity in the common law and examining the intervention of statute. The seizure of goods by bailiffs was a familiar aspect of life in earlier times and this work sets their legal powers into their legal, social and economic context.

Key themes are explored throughout both volumes: the protection given to certain essential goods, the efforts to regulate the conduct of bailiffs and the gradual shift of emphasis from promoting the rights of creditors to enhancing the protection of debtors.

Legal History, Wildy, Simmonds and Hill

Chapter 1 “It not being a very agreeable occupation”: popular views of bailiffs;
Chapter 2 “A remnant of feudalism”: the campaign to abolish Distraint
Chapter 3 “For the avoiding of grievous vexations”: the Impounding Act 1554
Chapter 4 “To the evil example of other ill-disposed persons”:the offences of rescue and poundbreach
Chapter 5 “All those locusts who prey”: extortion by sheriffs (1590-1840)
Chapter 6 The Distress Statutes (1689-1737)
Chapter 7 “Benevolent intentions to those suffering great inconvenience”: the statutory protection of goods before 1880
Chapter 8 “Very great hardship and evil”: the statutory protection of goods after 1880
Chapter 9 “An unsuitable class of persons”: the regulation of bailiffs
Chapter 10 “A rapacious class of men”: the control of bailiffs’ charges

Appendix 1 The Avowry Acts
Appendix 2 The Right of Sale of Distress;