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The Solicitors' Journal and Reporter.
LONDON, JANUARY 15, 1898.
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CURRENT TOPICS ..................................... 177 LAW STUDENTS' JOURNAL..................
183 THE LAW GUARANTEE AND TRUST SOCIETY,
THE REAL REPRESENTATIVE..... 179 LEGAL NEWS
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180 WINDING UP NOTICES ........................... 187 SUBSCRIBED CAPITAL £1,000,000. PAID-UP £100,000.
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Cases Reported this Week.
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Lole and Another v. Betteridge. IMPORTANT TO SOLICITORS
Leeds and Hanley Theatre of Varieties
161 (Lim.) v. Broadbent...
165 In Drawing LEASES or MORTGAGES of
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masters in Mr. Justice ROMER's chambers, who has obtained Established 1824. Capital, £5,000,000 Sterling.
three months' leave of absence on the ground of illness. Mr. HEAD OFFICE: BARTHOLOMEW LANE, LONDON.
SATOW was admitted in 1871.
LIFE AND FIRE INSURANCES AT MODERATE RATES.
WE ARE informed that the St. James's Vestry, adopting the Special forms of Policies have been prepared to provide for payment of ESTATE DUTIES. recommendation of their Law and Parliamentary Committee,
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have decided to answer the communication from the London
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WE REFERRED last week to the breach of faith on the part of
the promoters of the Land Transfer Act, 1897, involved in the ESTABLISHED 1836.
official letter which has been sent to the Common Council of the
City of London, suggesting that the City should be included in FUNDS
£ 3,000,000 the experimental area. A correspondent points out that under INCOME
the Act there is no power to make registration compulsory in YEARLY BUSINESS
the City. He says, "by. section 20 (11) "county" has the same
meaning as in the Local Government Act, 1888, except that it BUSINESS IN FORCE
- £ 11,000,000 includes a county borough. By section 100 of the last-mentioned
Act "county" does not include a county of a city or of a town. THE PERFECTED SYSTEM of Life Assurance is peculiar to this Society The City is not a county borough (see 3rd schedule of the Local and embraces every modern advantage.
Government Act, 1888), but a county of a city; hence the com
pulsory provisions cannot be applied to it." PERFECTED MAXIMUM POLICIES.
BEFORE ANY county council accepts compulsory registration of title, says a correspondent, it should certainly read and consider Mr. H. W. B. MACKAY's article in the Harvard Law Review for January. It contains an unprejudiced and dispassionate discussion of the advisability, or rather the inadvisability, of applying registration of title to an old commercial and manufacturing country, where dealings with real estate are complicated and titles are often defective. The writer shows by examples that the registration of partial interests, if carried to its logical conclusion, is utterly unworkable, and, on the other hand, that no satisfactory system of caveats has yet been discovered. This warning voice from America ought to strengthen the reluctance already displayed to allow the new system to come into operation.
IN OUR ISSUE of the 18th of December last we regretted the uncertainty introduced by the decision of KEKEWICH, J., in Leeds and Hanley Theatre of Varieties v. Broadbent (reported anto,
p. 115) into the law as to the construction of covenants or pro- been in itself of great importance. Obviously the power of visoes for "punctual payment” of interest. The Court of holding similar inquiries should exist throughout the country. Appeal has now, as reported elsewhere, unanimously reversed that decision. The result is that when a mortgagor (or presumably any other person) has a privilege secured to him on THE PROVISIONAL Land Transfer Rules, 1897, which we pubcondition of " punctual payment” of interest due upon a certain lished in our issue of the 1st of January, lead us to hope for a day, he must, to entitle himself to claim that privilege, pay the serviceable code of rules when the old rules of 1875 and 1889 money on the very day when it becomes due, and that he is not are superseded. We have not hitherto been backward in conpunctual if he comes to pay & reasonable time after. This con- demning the provisions of the Land Transfer Acts, 1875 and clusion seems to be consistent both with common sense and with 1897, as impracticable and mischievous ; it is therefore a relief general convenience. It is difficult to dissent from the remarks to us that we are able to regard the new rules with so much of the Master of the Rolls that the words punctual payment comparative satisfaction. The Advisory Committee appointed “cannot mean anything else” than payment on the due date, and under section 22 of the Act of 1897 have, during their short that the mortgagor has only himself to blame if he suffers loss period of service, we venture to think, already more than through his delay. The only case in point, Hicks v. Gardiner justified their existence. The principle underlying the Acts is (1 Jur. 541), is an authority for the viow now adopted by the to disregard the reasonable wishes of landowners for the sake Court of Appeal; and the usual form of proviso, which ex- of securing a rigid system of transfer; the new rules, on the pressly contemplates payment within a specified number of days other hand (800 e.g., rule 41), recognize that a certain amount of after the due date, points in the same direction. It would be flexibility is essential. A most arduous task, however, still lies a surprise to business men to be told that, after they had before the committee. They may do much to simplify and define agreed for punctual payment of a sum of money, they were the practice at the Land Rogistry, but nothing short of a power at liberty to bring it within any number of days after the due to override the express provisions of the Acts could enable date which a judge might happen to think reasonable.
them to constitute a scheme of registration in respect of which it could not be reasonably predicted that a general muddle
would ensuo upon its application. The new rules being merely WHATEVER may be the result of the verdict of the coroner's provisional, it may be somewhat premature to attempt any jury in the case of the Cripplegate fire, there can be no doubt criticism. But we may suggest that no instrument is ever that the holding of the inquiry was imperatively necessary, and registered (see rule 28); nor do the rules (see rule 2) appear to it is certainly an anomaly that the statute under which the get over the difficulty involved by reason of the loose definitions inquiry was held should be confined in its operation to the City contained in section 6 (10) of the Act of 1897. Inasmuch as of London. Anciently it has been supposed that the duties of many of the difficulties arising on the Acts are at present loft a coroner included inquiry into fires, and, indeed, into felonies unprovided for (for instance, as to whether a mortgagee by degenerally (see Mirror of Justice, ed. 1612, pp. 45, 100), but posit of the certificate is safe in making further advances without neither Coke nor Hale recognize any such jurisdiction (4 Inst. making a new search for cautions), we apprehend that the order 271, Hale P. C., ii., 57), and according to them the coroner putting in force the compulsory provisions will not be allowed could inquire of “no felony but of the death of man, and that to tako effect until the full code of rules has been issued. super visum corporis." In spite of these opinions, however, it Possibly objection may be taken to the regulation (800 rule 38) was intimated in Hawkins' Pleas of the Crown (II., 83, ed. under which the registrar is to enter on the register notice of 1824) that the old jurisdiction was still exerciseable, and though a mortgage by deposit of the certificate. It is, we have reason it had long fallen into dosuetude, it was revived in the middle to believe, a very common practice for bankers in Yorkshire, at of the present century, and inquiries into the origin of fires at the instance of their clients, not to register a memorandum of which there had been no loss of life were held in London, Lin- their charge in the local deeds registry, on account of the coln, Doncaster, and some other places. At length objection publicity incidental thereto. So long, however, as the secrecy was taken by the owner of premises in Manchester, upon which of the Land Registry registers is hedged in by proper precaua fire had occurred, to the holding of the inquest ; and, in Reg: tions, this objection would appear to have little substance in it, v. Herford (29 L. J. Q. B. 249), it was held that the non-user of though care should be taken that when the entry is cancelled the jurisdiction for many hundred years was strong evidence the cancellation should not appear on the register, as landthat it never existed, while, even if it did anciently exist, it owners often do not wish their successors to know that they could not after such non-user be revived without the authority effected even a temporary loan. To conclude, we may respectof Parliament.
fully wish the Advisory Committee overy success in their efforts
to modify and explain the haphazard and obscure legislation So far as the country generally is concerned, the result of effected by the Acts. Reg. v. Ilerford has been confirmed by the Coroners Act, 1887, which, by section 44, provides that a coroner shall not hold inquests of felonies except felonies on inquisitions of death. NOTWITHSTANDING the very extensive discretionary powers The authorities of the City of London, however, saw the ad given to the Education Department by the Voluntary Schools vantages which would accrue from investing a public officer with Act, 1897, the Department has deemed it necessary to consult the power of holding a judicial inquiry into the cause of fires, the law officers of the Crown upon the question whether a debt, and by the City of London Fire Inquests Act, 1888 (51 & 5z in respect of the annual maintenance of a school, contracted Vict. c. xxxviii.), it was enacted that in case of loss or injury by before the passing of the Act, on the 18th April, 1897, can be fire within the City of London and the liberties thereof situato defrayed out of the “aid grant" directed by the Act to be in the county of Middlesex, it should be the duty of the coroner annually paid out of moneys provided by Parliament. The to consider any report made to him under the Act by the Com- answer of the law officers in the negative, together with the missioner of City Police or the Chief Officer of the Metropolitan reasons for it, which has been sent round in an official Fire Brigade, and to hold an inquest if either the Lord Mayor circular to the associations representing 14,000 voluntary schools or the Lord Chief Justice or a Secretary of State should so in England and Wales, has created some disappointment, and a order, or the coroner should be of opinion that proper cause for correspondent of the Times has boldly questioned the correctness, such an inquiry existed. Upon such an inquest the coroner has in point of law, of the opinion. The question raised is as diffithe same powers as when holding an inquest upon death, and, cult as it is serious. The words of sub-section 2 of section 1 of if the jury find that there is a case of arson against known per- the Act are that “the aid grant shall be distributed by the sons, their verdict has the effect of an indictment. In the case Education Department to such voluntary schools and in such of the Cripplegate fire the verdict lacks this result, inasmuch as manner and amounts as the Department thinks best for the finding is that the premises where the fire originated were the purpose of helping necessitous” (there is no definition "wilfully fired by soine person or persons unknown,” but it is of necessitous") schools, and increasing their efficiency, unlikely that the proceedings will ond here, and, even if they due regard being had to the maintenance of voluntary should, the inquiry into the efficiency of the fire brigade has subscriptions”; and it is added in sub-section 7 that "the
decision of the Education Department upon any question relating be agisted, and the horse was injured through the defendants to the distribution or allotment of the aid grant shall be final." negligently putting it into a field where there was a barbed wire The effect of sub-section 7 we take to be, that it was a pure act fence. It has been held by the Court of Appeal that, apart of grace on the part of the Education Department to take the frou the contract of agistment, there was a common law duty opinion of the law officors. On many points the action of the imposed on the defendants by the bailment to take reasonable Department may be questioned before the courts of law, but care of the horse ; and the violation of this duty gave rise to an this is not one of them. The words of sub-section 7 are too action of tort, so that the plaintiff, who had recovered £30, was strong to be got over, and the action of the Department in entitled to costs upon the High Court scale. But it will still be administering the aid grant cannot be questioned by certiorari open to doubt in future cases what duties spring from the bailor otherwise. Rightly or wrongly, Parliament has clothed the ment and what from the contract, and a distinction so vague as Department with absolute power of distribution amongst volun- the one in question clearly ought never to have been made the tary schools. But is the opinion right or wrong? The reason test upon a matter of costs. given for it is that a payment for the purpose of extinguishing a debt" would not be for the purpose of helping the school or increasing its efficiency, but for the purpose of relieving the VERY FEW offences remain at the present time for which an individuals who had maintained the school in the past. It adult can be sentenced to be flogged, and for some of those few the debt is not in reality chargeable to the school fund, the punishment is obsolete, and very properly so.
There but only to individual managers who have advanced its are, however, two serious crimes for which judges are not amount to the school fund, so that by paying it out of the aid only legally able, but in many cases very ready, to inflict grant the school fund will not gain pro tanto, this reason this punishment. These are robbery with violence, and the seems to be quite sound. But in the course of the administra- much more uncommon crime of attempting to choke, strangle, tion of a voluntary school, as ordinarily condncted, the assets or suffocate a person with intent to commit a felony. It seems for the financial year ending in March, 1898, would no doubt to be universally admitted that cases of robbery with violence bo diminished by the sum required for payment of the debt, have become much less frequent under the fear of this punishand to pay the debt out of the aid graut would, it appears to ment, and probably, if all the judges acted on the principle of us, be to "help" the school within the meaning of the Act. those few who most often pass sentence of flogging, the crime It is, we think, somewhat unfortunate that the opinion of a would be almost stamped out. is not easy to understand the court of law cannot, by virtue of the peremptory terms of the state of mind of those no doubt estimable) persons who are 7th sub-section, to which we have referred, be taken upon this too tender-hearted to flog a brutal ruffian who does not care question.
what pain he inflicts in order to effect his guilty purpose.
Probably acute physical pain is the only thing such a man can THE PROVISIONS of section 116 of the County Courts Act, 1888, really feel, and it seems to be the one punishment he really distinguishing between actions founded upon tort and upon con dreads. He is, most likely, as low in the moral scale as he tract continue to be a source of litigation, and an important can be, and it is ridiculous to talk of the “degrading" effect of decision
upon this distinction was given in the recent case of a whipping on such a person. There are, however, several T'urner v. Stallibrass (46 W. R. 81). If an action founded on other crimes besides robbery very common throughout the contract is brought in the High Court, and the plaintiff recovers country which might be dealt with by flogging, to the great less than £20, he gets no costs, and if he recovers £20 and up- advantage of the public. The quarter sessions of Essex last wards, but less than £50, he gets costs only on the county court week passed a resolution to the effect that the criminal law scale. If, however, the action is founded on tort, the corres- should be so amended as to allow judges of assize and justices ponding limits are £10 and £20. The section seems to assume of quarter sessions, at their discretion, to inflict the punishment that actions of contract and tort are readily distinguishable, but of flogging, in addition to imprisonment, in all cases of rape, although in general it is perfectly easy to say in which category attempted rape, and indecent assault on women and children. an action falls, there is a considerable area of debateablo Most persons will probably agree, to some extent, with this ground, and a controversy which puzzled pleaders in the old resolution, especially those who are often in criminal courts and days when forms of action existed, has, by the wisdom of the know the details of these unroportable cases. The crimes menLegislature, been kept alive for the benefit of the present genera- tioned are terribly frequent. No offence in the whole calendar tion of lawyers. The difficulty chiefly arises when a contract of crime is more brutal, or more deserving of corporal chastiseexists between the parties, and in the course of the execution of ment, than outrages on female children. Flogging, howover, is the contract damage has been caused which prima facie would be a a punishment which ought to be awarded to adults with the subject for compensation even apart from the contract. In Fleming utmost circumspection, and (it is submitted) only by the highest v. Manchester, Sheffield, and Lincolnshire Railway Co. (27 W.R. 481, judicial officers. It would be dangerous in the extreme to put 4 Q. B. D. 81) it was considered that any such injury arose out such a power into the hands of chairmon of quarter sossions, of the contract, and hence an action against å railway for who, as a rule, are without legal training, and whose experience negligently carrying goods was held to be an action founded on consists in dealing with a few cases four times a year. contract, but in Taylor v. Manchester, Sheffield, and Lincolnshire Railway Co. (43 W. R. 120; 1895, 1 Q. B. 134) that principle seems to have been set aside. A distinction was now taken between acts of omission or nonfeasance and acts of misfoasance,
THE REAL REPRESENTATIVE. and it was considered that acts of the latter class would give It may be convenient, now that the real representative has rise to a cause of action founded on tort. Hence an action made his appearance, that we should give a summary of the against a railway company for personal injury to a passenger results which we arrived at in our former articles (ante. pp. was deemed to be of this class where the injury was caused by 42 and 61), accompanied by some further remarks upon the & porter negligently shutting the carriage door. In other powers of the real representative with respect to unregistered words, the tort was not excluded by the contract to carry land under the Land Transfer Act, 1897, which we shall for safely. Subsequently, however, in Kelly v. Metropolitan Railway brevity refer to as “the Act." Co. (43 W. R. 497 ; 1895, 1 Q. B. 944), it was seen that the Where a person dies after 1897 who was solely and benedistinction missed the real point, and it was held that the test ficially entitled to freehold land for an estate in fee simple in of tort was whether the defendant had violated a duty which possession, it seems fairly clear that that land will vest in his was imposed upon him independently of the special contract. executor or administrator from time to time. The Act, however, Thus an action for personal injury caused by the negligence of leaves the devolution of other kinds of real estate in doubta railway company was held to be an action of tort without for instance, the devolution of estates tail, or for life, the estate regard to the exact nature of the conduct, whether nonfeasance of a remainderman, trust and mortgage estates, an estato or misleasanco, to which the injury was due. The latest case pur autre vie, a right of re-entry, a personal inheritance, and even Turner v. Stallibra88—has arisen in connection with a contract of chattels roal may or may not be affected by the Act. agistment. The plaintiff delivered a horse to the defendants to Confining our attention to the simple case first above