Part I Introduction, 3 Financial Collateral
Hugh Beale, Michael Bridge, Louise Gullifer, Eva Lomnicka
- Credit — Guarantees and security — Debt
This chapter discusses the significance of distinguishing between the various types of property over which security may be taken, or which may be the subject matter of a retention of title or other quasi-security device, since the same general principles will be applicable whatever the nature of the property. There are also differences between the various kinds of property, which will mean that the way the law applies in practice will differ. Thus, a charge over either ‘inventory’ such as stock in trade or raw materials will in practice usually have to be a floating charge rather than a fixed one; the chapter shows how it is very difficult to take and maintain a fixed charge over book debts or other receivables.