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Definitions of headnote

a note at the start of a document that summarizes the contents of the document

The headnotes to the clauses of this agreement are inserted for reference purposes only and shall in no way govern or affect the interpretation hereof.

the text at the beginning of a law report that gives a summary of the facts of the case and of the legal principles behind the ruling

Mr. Todd relies on Mark v. Mark [2006] 1 AC 98. Reading from the headnote, it was there held that: "... residence for the purpose of 1973 Act does not need to be lawful residence."