British Commonwealth of Nations: Vital Statutes

As the strokes of Big Ben in the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament rang in the New Year, two laws of far reaching import became operative in England:

The Earl of Birkenhead's Law of Property. Admirers of Charles Dickens have often chuckled at his celebrated legal caricature, the suit of Jarndyce v. Jarndyce, which like time itself went on forever to the enrichment of generations of barristers and the utter ruin of their clients.

Unhappily the vast labyrinths of the English system of property tenure have...

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