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Card & James' Business Law

Card & James' Business Law (4th edn)

Lee Roach
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date: 30 March 2023

p. 1818. The law of agencylocked

p. 1818. The law of agencylocked

  • Lee RoachLee RoachSenior Lecturer in Law, University of Portsmouth


This chapter examines the key provisions of the law of agency. It highlights the importance of agency for the business sector and explains that an agency is a specific form of legal relationship between two persons whereby one person appoints another person to act on his behalf. An agency can be created by express or implied agreement, through the agent’s apparent authority, and when the principal ratifies the purported agent’s act. This chapter also discusses the duties and rights of the principal and agent, and the relationships that exist between agent, principal, and third party. Finally, the chapter discusses the various ways in which a relationship of agency can be terminated.

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