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Title: The movement for partnership law reform 1830-1907.
Author: Glick, Daphne.
Awarding Body: University of Lancaster
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 1990
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Legal historians have tended to neglect the development of private law, particularly in relation to commerce, save for studies on the introduction of the Limited Liability Company in 1855. However, notwithstanding the 1855 legislation, the partnership remained the dominant form of business organisation until the late nineteenth century despite the difficulties encountered from the uncertainty and complexity of the law. A study of the movement for partnership legislation illustrates the problems and difficulties in the advancement of private law legislation. This thesis is a study of certain of the organisations involved in the attempted reform of partnership law in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Contemporary source material has been utilised to illustrate the discussions and debates that were conducted by leading Chambers of Commerce,Law Societies and the Society for the Promotion of the Amendment of the Law. The Board of Trade records also have been consulted to determine the relationship between the Government and the commercial associations. No major change was made in the law until lQ07; the Partnership Act 189O merely enshrined the existing common law provisions. This thesis attempts to examine the reason why no earlier reform was achieved and, in particular, the role played by organisations to whom Partnership Law was of special concern. The central argument individual organisations legislation and could of the thesis is that the were not capable of forcing not form effective pressure groups because of their lack of cohesion of ideas and objectives. It is also suggested that the Government actively discouraged any attempts at reform. It will be argued that the introduction of the Limited Partnerships Act in lQ07 shows that the role played by individuals - provided they were influential persons - was the most significant factor in the promotion of private legislation in the period reviewed and that law reform did not necessarily arise because of public demand.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: History History Law Law enforcement Prisons Political science Public administration