Regression and reform in the law of domicile

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    In the United Kingdom the law pertaining to domicile has the rather dubious distinction that, although subjected to concerted criticism from commentators and law reformers alike for over half a century, it has largely remained unchanged. Common law jurisdictions around the world have succeeded in passing legislation which, to varying degrees, has modernized the concept, yet in Britain a series of initiatives have either failed to complete the legislative process or not even made it to Parliament. The reason in each instance was less the substance of the proposals, but rather political expediency in the face of pressure from the overseas business community resident in the United Kingdom, who feared extended fiscal liability if the connecting factors were attributed with a less legalistic interpretation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)453-462
    Number of pages10
    JournalInternational and Comparative Law Quarterly
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007


    • Conflict of laws
    • Domicile
    • Scotland


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