- Eric Baskind, Eric BaskindSenior Lecturer in Law, Liverpool John Moores University
- Greg OsborneGreg OsborneFormerly Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Portsmouth
- and Lee RoachLee RoachSenior Lecturer in Law, University of Portsmouth
This chapter discusses the legal relationships that exist between the principal and agent, and, in particular, focuses on the duties that each party owes to the other. The precise scope and content of these duties will depend upon a number of factors, including whether the agency is contractual or gratuitous, whether the agent is acting within the scope of his authority, whether the agent is a specific type of agent upon whom extra duties are placed, and whether the agent is a commercial agent or not. There are legal relationships that can exist between the three parties involved in a typical legal relationship, namely, the relationships between principal and agent, between principal and third party, and between agent and third party. The chapter begins by discussing the duties that an agent owes to his principal.