Goods Mortgages – an explosion in art-lending?

The Law Commission is currently consulting on its latest piece of draft legislation – the Goods Mortgages Bill. As the name suggests, the proposed legislation enables individuals to use goods they currently own as security for debts. It also regulates the relationship between borrowers, lenders and third parties who may acquire secured assets.

The Bill replaces the current law in this area (contained in the “Bills of Sale Acts”) which is antiquated and needlessly complex. Recently, this area of law has come under scrutiny thanks to the expanding “logbook loan” industry, which involves the making of low-value loans to individuals on the security of their cars. However, there are also examples of higher-value lending over other assets, including furniture, wine and classic cars. Continue reading

Law Commission calls for reform to art finance law

On Monday 19 September 2016, Boodle Hatfield LLP was delighted to host a seminar presenting the Law Commission’s recommendations on reforming the law of loans secured on personal goods.

The Law Commission highlighted the Bills of Sale Act 1878 and the Bills of Sale Amendment Act 1882 as being archaic Victorian statutes which are wholly unsuited for modern credit arrangements. The calls for reform have stemmed from the logbook loan sector which uses Bills of Sales to secure loans and where sharp practices have been deemed disproportionate and unfair on borrowers. The proposed reforms will not only regulate the logbook loan market but will also have knock on effects on the more exclusive art and luxury asset lending sector. Continue reading