Distinction between a special agent from a general agent.

General agent:

  • This is an agent who has authority to do a particular act or engage in a transaction in the ordinary course of his business trade, profession or occupation as an agent.
  • His authority is based on the contract.

Special agent:

  • This is an agent whose authority is limited to doing some act or representing the principal in a transaction not in the ordinary course of his business trade  profession or occupation as an agent.
  • The scope of his authority depends on the contract.
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