The Law of Agency pervades human relations. It concerns dealing through others and as such is basic to all commercial and much private interaction between people. The course will provide an overall survey of the principles of the law of agency. Subjects covered include nature of the agency relationship and contrast with other relationships; actual authority; ratification of the agent's acts; the unusual common law doctrine of the undisclosed principal; agency reasoning when deployed in property transfer and tort liability; relations between agent and principal; termination of authority and situations.

Course Dates

The course will be conducted over six classes. Please see the course schedule below. All classes will be held at Seminar Room 4-3, Level 4, Block B, NUS Law Faculty in Bukit Timah Campus.

Date Topic Time
09 April 2018 (Monday) Nature of the agency relationship and contrast with other relationships 5:00pm to 8:30pm
11 April 2018 (Wednesday) Actual authority; express and implied; apparent authority 5:00pm to 8:00pm
13 April 2018 (Friday) Ratification of the agent's acts (retrospective conferring of authority); the unusual common law doctrine of the undisclosed principal 5:00pm to 8:00pm
16 April 2018 (Monday) Agency reasoning when deployed in property transfer and in tort liability 5:00pm to 8:00pm
18 April 2018 (Wednesday) Relations between agent and principal: common law and equity, including the fiduciary position of the agent 5:00pm to 8:00pm
20 April 2018 (Friday) Termination of authority and situations where authority is irrevocable; liability of the unauthorised agent to the third party (breach of warranty of authority) 5:00pm to 8:30pm

Course Fees

(inclusive of course materials)
Early Bird Rate
(10% discount till 31 December 2017)
S$1,710 ($1,829.70 with GST)
Normal Rate S$1,900 ($2,033 with GST)

Register NOW - seats are limited!

Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their SkillsFuture credit for the course. Please submit your application to utilise your SkillsFuture credit at 60 days before the course start date.

Course Convenor

Professor Francis Reynolds QC

Professor Francis Reynolds QC is an Emeritus Professor of Law in the University of Oxford and an Emeritus Fellow of Worcester College, Doctor of Civil Law, Fellow of the British Academy, barrister, Honorary Q.C. and Honorary Bencher of the Inner Temple. He is also standing consultant on English law to Ang & Partners, Singapore; Honorary Professor, International Maritime Law Institute of the IMO, Malta; Titular Member of the Comité Maritime International; and Supporting Member of the LMAA.

He has held visiting professorships at the University of Auckland, Otago University, University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, Monash University, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore Management University and the University of Hong Kong.

He was the writer of Bowstead and Reynolds on Agency between 1968 and 2013, the writer (with Sir Guenter Treitel) of Carver on Bills of Lading, and a contributor to Benjamin's Sale of Goods, Chitty on Contracts and English Private Law. He was the Editor of the Law Quarterly Review from 1987 to 2013.

Professor Reynolds is an old friend of the NUS Law Faculty, having taught here on many occasions since the 1980s. He was named our first David Marshall Professor of Law in 1997 and has contributed significantly to the development of our common law curriculum. He was also the Law Faculty's Kwa Geok Choo Distinguished Visitor in August 2017 and has taught generations of law students, leading legal practitioners and judges over the course of his illustrious career.

Closing Date

All registration forms and the course payment fees should reach us by 23 February 2018.

Course Brochure

Please download the course brochure here


NUS Law School alumni members are entitled to a 10% discount for the programme.

Where two or more participants from the same organization register for the programme at the same time, the following discounts are applicable:
2 participants: 10%
3 participants: 15%
4 or more participants: 20%

Note: For participants eligible for the above discounts, please DO NOT use the registration form. Please get in touch with NUS Law CLE at to enable us to process your registrations.
(Important - The discounts are not cumulative and cannot be combined with any other discount offers. The highest applicable discount will be given to the registration fee of each eligible participant)

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For further enquiries, please contact Ms Poova at or 6516 3644.

SILE logo Public CPD Points: 16
Practice Area: Corporate/Commercial
Training Level: Intermediate