LLM Law of Agency

Module leader: Keith Uff

Teaching and assessment (2014): Semester 1, Essay - 6,000 words

Seminar topics:

  • The law of Agency
  • Nature and definition of Agency
  • Formation of the relationship between principal and agent
  • Types of agent
  • The need for consent
  • Creation of agency by ratification
  • The rule in Bolton Partners v Lambert and its exceptions
  • The authority of the agent and his power to bind the principal
  • Actual. Implied, usual and ostensible authority
  • The position of the agent and the principal in contracts with third parties
  • The doctrine of undisclosed principal
  • The rights and duties of the agent and the principal
  • The fiduciary duties of the agent
  • The Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1983 (as amended)
  • The settlement of accounts between principal, agent and the third party
  • Merger and election
  • Liability of the principal for torts committed by the agent.