This new work fills the gap for a much-needed clear, accessible and easy-to-use book on agency. It provides a useful reminder of the principles of agency law for experienced practitioners. It is also of interest to students looking for an approachable text on this topic. The Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993, which implement the European Directive relating to Self Employed Commercial Agents (86/653/EEC), have come to assume growing practical importance and there is now a significant body of English (and European) case law interpreting and illustrating the operation of this body of law. In consequence, questions arising out of the Regulations have become a regular feature of the commercial practitioner's work. This new work reflects this change of legal focus and explains the Regulations in significant detail. In addition to covering the general principles of agency law, the work addresses the application of law and the activities of particular classes of commercial agents operating in the major commercial centres, such as finance and banking, and international trade. The content includes discussion of actual and apparent authority of an agent, agency of necessity, want of authority and ratification as well as the legal relations between principal and agent, between principal and third party and between agent and third party, sub-agency and termination of agency.