The law of agency has been affected indirectly by the European Communities Act 1972. This is largely due to section 9 of the Act which has undermined important principles of English company law. Since many of the propositions of the law of agency depend upon, or are supported by, company law cases it follows that the law of agency has, itself, been affected by the changes in company law. The real question, therefore, is not whether changes have occurred; but to what extent they have occurred. Unfortunately, the infelicitous wording of the Act, already criticised by academics, makes the answer to the above question that much more difficult. Assistance in elucidating the point, however, may be forthcoming from elsewhere. Section 9 of the Act purports to give effect in the United Kingdom to the provisions of the First Directive of the Council of the European Economic Communities on Harmonisation of Company Law and one is, therefore, entitled to seek clarification of the section's verbal ambiguities in the provisions of the said First Directive.