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20 Possessory Liens

Enforcement of Maritime Claims

20 Possessory Liens 20.1 The doyen of the lien in a general domestic context of English law is the most restricted. It is a common law right conferring by contract, usage or statute a right of retention of a chattel already in the lien holder’s possession. 1 Such a right of retention is a common feature of many legal systems. 2

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