Locatio conductio was one of the four consensual *contracts of Roman law. It covered the hiring or leasing of things as well as contracts of employment in the form either of the hire of services or of a contract for work to be done (locatio conductio rei, operarum, and operis, in modern terminology). The common denominator was that one party ‘placed out’ (locare) a thing, his services, or a job to be done, which the other party ‘carried along’ or ‘took over’ (conducere), see
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