Whether you are:

  • a manufacturer thinking of setting up a network of agents in the UK and overseas
  • a commercial agent wanting to understand your legal rights if your agency agreement ends
  • a supplier or distributor concerned to know where you stand in law

our agentlaw team can help you.

The European Directive on self-employed commercial agents and the UK Regulations springing from it are resulting in an ever increasing body of case law – much of which is either unsatisfactory or contradictory. Yet, despite this, the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 (which came into force on 1 January 1994) are still largely unknown.

The Regulations fundamentally alter how the relationship between a principal and agent is governed. The Fox Williams’ agentlaw team are a dedicated group of lawyers from different disciplines within Fox Williams who have an in-depth understanding of this relationship. We have a wealth of experience in this area and routinely act for both agents and principals. The team provides specialist technical expertise in relation to the rights and obligations of agents and principals arising out of the Regulations. We also provide practical, commercial advice for agents and principals on all aspects of the agency relationship, from revising agency agreements to bringing proceedings upon termination.

We tackle difficult issues head on and suggest realistic answers.

This web site gives an insight into how the agency relationship is governed and how the Regulations and applicable case law are determining the future of the relationship. The information contained on this web site will enable you to keep up-to-date with recent developments and provide you with key information on the establishment, operation and termination of agency agreements.

United Kingdom

The Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 (the ‘Regulations’) are the UK’s implementation of a European directive (EC Directive 86/653).

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European Union

The legal status of commercial agents in the European Union is regulated in the Council Directive 86/653/EEC on the coordination of the laws of the Member States.

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Rest of the World

Many of those countries outside the EU including those in Europe and worldwide use the EU directive to formulate their own legislation in relation to agents.

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