Case summaries

Although the Commercial Agents Regulations have been in force for over 16 years, many important issues remain to be resolved.  Among these issues are: 1. What are “goods”?  This is important as the Regulations define a ...
This case highlights the importance of making sure that your activities are properly that of an agent or principle, if that is your intention. Factual Background Mr Sagal entered into an agreement with Bunz whereby Mr Sagal would procure sales of Bunz...
Following two recent cases, it is now apparent that agents must be very clear when they are giving notice to their principals of their intention to claim for compensation or an indemnity under the Commercial Agents Regulations. In both cases the agents lost...
Jackson Distribution Limited (“Jackson”) was the sole distributor of Tum Yeto Inc’s (“TYI”) range of “Dekline” products in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland from March 2005.  The distribution...
Background In 1990 Howard & Hallam Limited, a shoe manufacturer, appointed Mr Lonsdale as its sales agent for their Elmdale brand of shoes. By 2000 the Elmdale brand was in decline: sales, and, consequently, Mr Lonsdale’s commission, fell...
Background Mr. Kelvin Jack is an international goalkeeper from Trinidad and Tobago. Imageview Management Ltd (“Imageview”), a footballer’s agency, owned by Mr. Mike Berry, acted for Mr. Jack. In July 2004 Mr. Jack decided that he wanted...
This case in the English courts was concerned with the matter of whether an agent’s notification to his principal was sufficient to stop the clock running on the one year limitation period following termination. Although the relevant governing law...
Facts Raoul Sagal (“Sagal”) claimed that he had acted as a commercial agent for Atelier Bunz GMBH (“Bunz”) within the meaning of the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 (the “Regulations”) in...
The Facts Groupe Danone appointed an agent to represent its subsidiaries (the “Defendants”) in their dealings with importers, wholesalers and retailers of their goods in a specific geographical area, including Mayotte and La Reunion (a...
Visualmark acted as agent for BCM Group for the promotion and sale of office equipment under the terms of a written agency agreement signed in 2001 which contained post-termination restrictive covenants.  In 2002, there was an exchange of letters...