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Sealy and Hooley's Commercial LawText, Cases, and Materials

Sealy and Hooley's Commercial Law: Text, Cases, and Materials (6th edn)

David Fox, Roderick Munday, Baris Soyer, Andrew Tettenborn, and Peter Turner
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date: 13 April 2024

p. 1014. Introductionlocked

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  • D Fox, D FoxProfessor of Common Law, University of Edinburgh
  • RJC Munday, RJC MundayReader Emeritus in Law, University of Cambridge
  • B Soyer, B SoyerProfessor of Commercial and Maritime Law, Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law, Swansea University
  • AM TettenbornAM TettenbornChair in Law, Swansea University
  •  and PG TurnerPG TurnerVisiting Senior Fellow of the Melbourne Law School


This chapter introduces the law of agency. It first examines the legal concept of agency, focusing on its definition and how it differs from other power–liability relationships. It then looks at examples of types of agent, such as auctioneers, directors, partners, and lawyers. It also considers agents who play a particular role in commercial transactions, namely: factors, brokers, del credere agents, confirming houses, and commission agents. Finally, it discusses the harmonisation of the law via the Geneva Convention on Agency in the International Sale of Goods, held in 1983.

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