| Commentary

36 Lien

| Commentary

36 Lien

Where a bailee who has lawful possession of goods improves them by the exertion of skill and labour, and the contract contains no term to the contrary1, the bailee has a common law lien for his charges2. The lien entitles the bailee to retain possession until the charges are paid but does not confer a right of sale3. It is a particular lien, entitling the bailee to retain possession only as security for charges incurred in relation to those particular goods. Where the bailee gives up possession of the goods the lien is normally lost; and where the

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