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18 JAN 2012

1869 - an important year for Jordans and also for Bankruptcy

1869 is an important year for Jordans and for the subject of bankruptcy. For Jordans the year is important because the very first Jordans book was published in 1869, just six years after the business was founded. The title was "The Joint Stock Companies Handbook". That title in an expanded form ultimately became "Gore-Browne on Companies" renamed after the famous lawyer who was its editor for many years. Gore-Browne is still one of the leading textbooks on English company law and it is now published in two loose-leaf volumes, with regular subscription based updates and online options. Along with a number of other Jordans "flagship" titles, it, has an unrivalled reputation for providing definitive commentary on all aspects of company law.

1869 is important for bankruptcy as a jurisdiction because it was in that year that imprisonment for debt was abolished and bankruptcy became available for all debtors (save for married women). The Debtors Act 1869 expanded the jurisdiction to all types of debtor, not just traders, thereby abolishing imprisonment for debt.

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