Bills of sale may be used in a wide variety of transactions: people can sell their goods, exchange them, give them as gifts or mortgage them to get a loan.They can only be used: Bills of sale exist at common law quite independently of any legislation.Bills of sale have existed at common law since at least the Middle Ages, when they were most commonly used commercially in the shipping industry.
It is clear from the definitions above that the bills of sale are essentially of two types: The absolute bill of sale and the conditional bill of sale.
A bill of sale is a document that transfers ownership of goods from one person to another.
It is used in situations where the former owner retains possession of the goods.
As a result, Parliament passed the Bills of Sale Act 1878.
This largely replicated the provisions of an earlier Bills of Sale Act 1854.
The conditional bill of sale creates a security in favour of the grantee of the bill whereby the grantee is given personal right of seizure giving right to a security interest of a possessory nature.