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Part IV Intangible Property that is Incapable of Transfer, 22 Intangibles Not Transferable by Reason of Public Policy

From: The Law of Assignment (3rd Edition)

Marcus Smith, Nico Leslie

From: Oxford Legal Research Library (http://olrl.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 30 July 2021

Intangibles as goods

This chapter discusses intangibles not transferable by reason of public policy. In the case of certain sums receivable in the future, reasons of public policy preclude their assignment. The cases in this area tend to have a Dickensian feel to them—such as the rule that no effectual assignment can be made of the salaries or pensions of public officers payable to them for the purpose of keeping the dignity of their office or to ensure the due discharge of their duties—but the same sort of policy underlies the current statutory prohibitions on the assignment of social security benefits and pay in respect of a person's service in Her Majesty's military forces.

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