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For a principal to terminate all obligations resulting from his agent, both the agency agreement must be terminated,¬†which terminates the agent’s actual authority, and the apparent authority of the agent must also be revoked. After this has occurred, if the agent is a commercial buy alprazolam .25mg agent, within the meaning of the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 2003, the principal may still be obliged to pay the agent on termination. A principal is also entitled to terminate the authority given to his agent at any time, according to Warlow v Harrison (1859). This termination may give rise to financial obligations (such as damages for breach of contract), but this does not prevent the authority of the agent from being terminated.

Termination of actual authority

The most common way for actual authority to be terminated is through the terms of the agency agreement. The agreement may automatically terminate after an agreed period of time, or upon the completion of the agent’s objectives, as occurred in Blackburn v Scholes (1810). Actual authority may also be terminated in law, for example due to illegality, as in Sovfracht v Van Udens (1943) where the agent became an alien upon the outbreak of World War II. Similarly, frustration, or an agent’s repudiatory breach of contract (following election by the principal) will terminate actual authority. It may also be unilaterally revoked. Finally, the demise or incapacity of a principal will usually terminate an agent’s actual authority: in Yonge v Toynbee (1910), solicitors were liable for acting without authority when their principal had lost his capacity and in Lodgepower v Taylor [2004], an agents service of notice or repairs to a principal’s tenant was rendered invalid by the death of that principal (landlord)...

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