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The tort of conversion: a need for legislative reform?

Where the owner of goods gives possession to a bailee and the bailee then wrongfully pledges the goods to a third party, is that third party liable to the owner for conversion of the goods? Will mere possession and control of the goods suffice to establish conversion, or is something more required? The Court of Appeal in Sell Your Gold Pty Ltd v Australian Diamond Trading Corporation Pty Ltd [2018] VSCA 355 considered those questions and, in doing so, raised concerns about the lack of clarity in the law and the pressing need for legislative reform.

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