In addition to describing a person employed to create contractual relations between two parties1, the word 'agent' is used in at least two other senses. Thus it is often used in business in a non-legal sense to refer to a distributor, as in the case of the appointment of a 'sole selling agent', 'exclusive agent', or 'authorised agent'2. The relation so established between the appointor and appointee is usually that of vendor and purchaser3 and no contractual relationship is established between the appointor of the agent and third parties by
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