The Legal Background, 1770–1870

P. S. Atiyah

in The Rise and Fall of Freedom of Contract

Published in print November 1985 | ISBN: 9780198255277
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681578 | DOI:
The Legal Background, 1770–1870

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This chapter examines changes in the legal condition in England during the period from 1770 to 1870 and looks at the implications this has for freedom of contract. It analyses the legal profession and the ideas and attitudes influencing the judiciary and evaluates the general change in the relationship between parliament and the courts. It describes some of the general characteristics of the law which proved of particular significance in connection with freedom of contract.

Keywords: freedom of contract; legal condition; legal profession; judiciary; parliament; courts; England

Chapter.  19696 words. 

Subjects: Civil Law

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