Accountability and Quasi-Contract

Sir John Baker

in The Oxford History of the Laws of England

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780198258179
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681806 | DOI:

Series: The Oxford History of the Laws of England Series isbn 0-19-961352-4

Accountability and Quasi-Contract

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This chapter examines the concept and principle of accountability and quasi-contract under the law of contract in England during the Tudor period. Action of account could be used against a bailiff, common receiver, or guardian in scourge, and it could also be brought in respect of a particular sum of money received to the use of the plaintiff. This chapter discusses some cases related to accountability and quasi-contract during this period and analyses the legal bases of various court decisions. It also describes the factors that led to the evolution of the laws governing accountability and quasi-contract.

Keywords: accountability; quasi-contract; law of contract; legal history; action of account; money

Chapter.  3634 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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