How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Shan G Your Own Question

Shan G
Shan G, Solicitor
Category: UK Property Law
Satisfied Customers: 559
Experience:  9 years experience working within the property and construction industry
Type Your UK Property Law Question Here...
Shan G is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

baillee - bailee for reward

Customer Question

in the jewellery trade we are told when we take in repairs we become the bailee and the bailee for reward, could you explain why, or clarify - is it that we become bailee first when taking in repair and then bailee for reward when the repair is done, or could it be that some items come in for estimates first which we dont charge for, so then we are bailee and it only becomes bailee for reward when an estimate is accepted and the work goes ahead? i think im almost answering my own question but i need someone to confirm this before i write it. Thanks
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: UK Property Law
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Relist: No answer yet.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Relist: No answer yet.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Relist: No answer yet.
Expert:  Shan G replied 5 years ago.

Bailment is the delivery of personal items by its owner to a third party on the condition that it will be returned as soon as the conditions of the bailment have elapsed or been performed. The bailer delivers and the bailee takes delivery of the items.


There are many different types of bailment and the bailee's duty will vary accordingly. Where you take delivery of an owner's items so that you can derive some sort of benefit, you are called a bailee for reward. This would apply to your circumstances where you take jewelry in for repair. The ‘reward' would be your fee for fixing the jewelry.


If the goods are lost and damaged, and it is alleged that the bailee failed to take sufficient care, the onus of proof lies on the bailee to establish that, in the circumstances, he took an appropriate degree of care, or that his failure did not contribute to the loss.


I'm not sure where you got this distinction between bailee and bailee for reward. There are other types of bailees but in this instance you would only be a bailee for reward.


I hope you have found this post useful however if you have any further questions, please feel free to ask. If you have found this answer helpful, kindly click on the accept button so that I may be paid.




Customer: replied 5 years ago.

I understand the differences between Bailee & Bailee for reward but on out assingment question it says "N.B when booking in customers items for repair the jeweller becomes bailee & bailee for reward." - i just dont see how you can be both at the same time, unless as i put in my original request, it is that sometimes there is no reward as customers may not accept the estimate and not have the work done. thanks.

Expert:  Shan G replied 5 years ago.

You cannot be both at the same time. Since you are receiving a fee for cleaning jewelry you are obtaining a benefit and therefore you are a bailee for reward.


I hope this clarifies this position.

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Thankyou for trying, but i think i will have to go back and ask the National association of goldmiths, why? as they are the ones saying we ARE both at the same time.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

  • A quick response, a succinct and helpful answer in simple English. I believe I can now confront the counter party with confidence -- worth the 30 bucks! Rick Leeds, UK
< Previous | Next >
  • A quick response, a succinct and helpful answer in simple English. I believe I can now confront the counter party with confidence -- worth the 30 bucks! Rick Leeds, UK
  • I did not know a French Law service existed and I was very impressed with the speed of reply --- very professional. Many thanks! Ms. Baker Alfafar, Spain
  • Thank you so much for your help. Your answers were really useful and came back so quickly. Great! Maggie USA
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC

Meet The Experts:

  • Thomas



    Satisfied Customers:

    BA (Hons), PgDip, Practising Solicitor
< Last | Next >
  • Thomas's Avatar



    Satisfied Customers:

    BA (Hons), PgDip, Practising Solicitor
  • INC's Avatar



    Satisfied Customers:

    LL.B, Pg.Dip, LL.M, M.B.A (Pending), Solicitor-Advocate. UK Practising Certificate issued by SRA., DIFC Courts Registered (Dubai)
  • Alex J.'s Avatar

    Alex J.


    Satisfied Customers:

    LPC, 2 Years Conveyancing
  • Buachaill's Avatar



    Satisfied Customers:

    Barrister 17 years experience
  • Matt J's Avatar

    Matt J


    Satisfied Customers:

  • John Knox's Avatar

    John Knox


    Satisfied Customers:

    solicitor with 8 years experience
  • PortsmouthLaw's Avatar



    Satisfied Customers:

    I have been a solicitor, dealing with property law issues since 1981