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This event will also be available via webinar.  The webinar format allows academics, students and practitioners to participate in this event in real time online, including by asking questions of the speaker.

To participate, visit from 16:00 (GMT) on Friday 26 February 2016.

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On Friday 26 February 2016 the book ‘Agency Law in Commercial Practice’, published by Oxford University Press, will be presented.

The book explores the problems in the application of agency law in commercial practice.  Providing real context for the issues it addresses, the book analyses abstract agency law concepts and ‘tests’ them in specific commercial situations.  The editors are three of the leading academics in this area, and the book contains 12 substantive chapters written by an international team of agency experts.

It offers wide-ranging analysis that includes consideration of English, Scottish, Australian, Canadian, and New Zealand law, frequently adopting a comparative approach to discuss related jurisdictions.  Topics discussed include timely and contentious matters such as agency and principal dealing in securities transactions and the role of the director in company law.  Chapters are grouped thematically, covering agency in general contract law, company law, financial transactions and services, procedural contexts, and international perspectives.

The book’s comparative approach provides innovative perspectives and insights, as well as practical guidance on solving commercial problems.  This book is a fresh and rich resource for academics and practitioners alike, and an important contribution to both agency theory and commercial practice.


4:00 - Welcome and introduction

Professor Louise Gullifer (Director of the Commercial Law Centre)
Professor in Commercial Law; Fellow and Tutor in Law, Harris Manchester College

Dr Thomas Krebs (chair of sessions)
Associate Professor of Commercial Law; Fellow and Tutor in Law, Brasenose College

4:15 - Agency and principal dealing under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive

Professor Danny Busch
Chair of Financial Law, Director, Institute for Financial Law, University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands

4:35 - Comments on the paper of Professor Busch

David Cabrelli
Law Faculty, University of Edinburgh

4:50 - ‘Unwelcome knowledge’: imputation of the agent’s knowledge in the pre-contractual phase of insurance

Professor Laura Macgregor
Chair of Commercial Contract Law, Director, Centre for Commercial Law, University of Edinburgh; Visiting Professor in International Commercial Law, University of Nijmegen

5:10 - Comments on the paper of Professor Macgregor

Raymond Cox QC
Fountain Court Chambers, London

5:25 - Tea / coffee

5:50 - Directors as agents — some aspects of disputed territory

Professor Peter Watts
Professor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand; Leverhulme Visiting Professor, University of Oxford

6:10 - Comment on the paper of Professor Watts, and the book

Paul Davies
Allen & Overy Professor of Corporate Law Emeritus, Oxford

6:30 - Closing remarks by Dr Krebs