'Unwelcome knowledge': Imputation of the agent's knowledge in the pre-contractual phase of insurance

Laura Macgregor, Danny Busch, Peter Watts

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This book contains contributions on aspects of the operation of agency law in commercial contexts by many of the world’s leading experts on the law of agency. It is the product of a conference of the authors held at the University of Nijmegen in November 2014. Contributing authors come from Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It comprises 12 chapters in five parts, preceded by a synthesising introduction. The first substantive section is devoted to aspects of general principle, including apparent authority, ratification, undisclosed principals, indirect representation, and unidentified principals. The second section, on Agency in Company Law, is concerned with the status as agents of company directors, liquidators, and receivers. The third section addresses the role of agency law in markets in financial transactions and services, including the relationship between insurers, agents and their customers. There is treatment of the common law, but also of aspects of statutory regimes including the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (UK), Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID), and the Insurance Act 2015 (UK). The fourth section is concerned with powers of attorney. The fifth and last section is concerned with private international law, and in particular issues of conflict of laws arising out of the EC Commercial Agents Directive.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAgency Law in Commercial Practice
EditorsDanny Busch , Laura Macgregor, Peter Watts
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9780198738473
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2016


  • Agency law
  • commercial contexts
  • general principles of
  • ratification
  • apparent authority
  • undisclosed principals
  • indirect representation
  • unidentified principals
  • company directors
  • receivers
  • liquidators
  • financial transactions and services
  • MiFID
  • powers of attorney
  • Commercial Agents


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